Anonymous
Hi,

I'm a 28 year old Indian male. I had a high risk exposure on 30th April '16. I had anal sex with another guy in which I bottomed. The other person used condom. But I started having several symptoms of HIV on week later.

I got tested twice. First on 28th of May and then on 24th of June.

Both test results were negative.

(1) Latest result: HIV - DUO by CMIA (IV th Generation test) - NON REACTIVE (0.08)
(2) Older result: ANTI HIV I & II (Serum/CMIA) - NON REACTIVE (0.07)

I still seem to have all the symptoms and test results are negative.

Should I get myself tested once at the 3 month mark and then again at 6 month mark ?

Please advice. Waiting anxiously for the reply.
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Anonymous
Hi there and thank you for reaching out to AIDS Vancouver with your questions. We're happy to help!

You said that you had a high risk activity, but you mentioned that person who was penetrating used a condom. Protected anal sex is actually considered a low risk activity, as the condom acts as a barrier that prevents the transmission of body fluids. Low risk means that there have been a few reports of infection attributed to this activity, but usually under certain identifiable conditions (e.g. the condom breaking). Please consult our [Risk Assessment Chart](http://helpline.aidsvancouver.org/question/risk-assessment-chart) for more information regarding risk level.

Here in Canada, all tests are considered conclusive 3 months (12 weeks) after your most recent exposure. This means that you would need to take a test 12 weeks after April 30th in order for it to be considered conclusive. However, there are 4 situations in which your window period might be affected. They are:

- If you are receiving antiviral treatment for Hepatitis C
- If you are receiving P.E.P. treatment for HIV
- If you are receiving treatment for Cancer (chemotherapy)
- If you have been diagnosed with an immunodeficiency disease. These are very serious and are most often diagnosed at birth.

If any of these situations apply to you, then your window period would get extended to 6 months. If they do not, then all tests are conclusive at 3 months.

You also mentioned experiencing symptoms. There are no specific symptoms of HIV. In fact, certain individuals may never develop symptoms, and for those who do, most symptoms will go away after a few days, or at most, a couple of weeks. This is why the only way to diagnose HIV is to get tested. Because HIV symptoms mirror so many other viral infections or can be explained by other things, we do not go by symptoms here at AIDS Vancouver.

I hope I was able to answer your question, and feel free to contact us with any further concerns.

Regards,

Sierra, Helpline Volunteer

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

helpline.aidsvancouver.org

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