Anonymous
Hi, I have a question that has been answered quite a few times before but I cannot seem to find the source of the information provided. My question is, what are the risks of HIV if any in regards to protected sex. I mean I had sex with a CSW few weeks back totally protected but I am afraid that some of her vaginal fluids could have entered teh condom from teh base of teh condom and might have travelled to my urethra or glans. I know it is too far fetched but I just needed some advice on this, if this is a risk at all. Portected sex with vaginal fluids entering teh condom from the base and travelling upward. I think, since the fluids are outside teh body any HIV would be dead anyways but I am still concerned.
In addition, cuz of this I get depressed a lot and am taking anti depressant to calm me down. I wanted to ask does anti-depressants affect HIV test in anyways. I have seen answers to this question before that taking HCV medicine, PEP or chemotherapy are the only things taht can affect the HIV test. But the source of this information has never been provided. I just wanted to see which agency or from where you got this information from. If you could provide teh link, then it would be great help.
Thanks, Ian
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Anonymous
Hello Ian, and thank you for your questions.

While there is really is no such thing as absolutely risk free sexual activity, using a condom is always a great option and it is unlikely that the virus would have passed to you in the situation you described. You could choose to get tested to know what your HIV status is. The testing window is 4-12 weeks; however, to have a conclusive result testing is recommended at 12 weeks after the possible exposure.

Taking an antidepressant will not affect HIV testing.

For reliable information about HIV you can review information on the AIDS Vancouver website, as well as http://www.catie.ca and http://www.smartsexresource.com. To answer your question about our sources, AIDS Vancouver has a process of carefully vetting a variety of information resources, and primarily draws on information from the CDC (Centre of Disease Control) the BCCDC (British Columbia Centre for Disease Control), and the WHO (World Health Organization).

If you have other HIV related questions in the future, please contact the Helpline again.

All the best,

Marnelle

Helpline Volunteer

helpline@aidsvancouver.org

Helpline MON - FRI 10am - 4 pm

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