Anonymous
So I met this girl on OK cupid and we hit it off right away. We had unprotected sex the second time we hung out. I had said, I don't have condoms, to which she replied "don't worry, I'm on birth control." We had unprotected sex for the past three weeks (probably 4-5 times), and she's given me head as well on every occasion we saw each other. This past week, I've been having a sore throat, but no fevers or anything like that. I went to the doctor, and they said it wasnt strep. The sore throat isn't going away. I'm afraid it's acute HIV syndrome. What is the likelihood of me acquiring HIV from my behavior. And, how do I discuss this with her, im terms of wearing protection, and / or asking her whether she's been tested? I don't wanna come off rude and scare her off, because im paranoid. Thanks for the help
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Anonymous
Hi there and thank you for reaching out to AIDS Vancouver with your questions! We're happy to help.

Having unprotected vaginal sex is considered a High Risk for HIV transmission. We recommend that all sexually active individuals get tested regularly for HIV and other STI's as part of their sexual health maintenance.

The symptoms you describe could be attributed to endless viral infections, which is why we avoid discussing symptoms in relation to HIV. They are very general and mimic many other viral infections such as the flu. The only way to be certain about your HIV status is to get a test.

It's important to be open and honest with your sexual partners about topics like STI testing and protection, so just discuss the issues and maybe suggest you both get tested! A quick test should be able to inform you of your HIV status, and hopefully ease your mind. HIV tests are technically considered conclusive at 12 weeks post exposure, but you certainly don't have to wait until 12 weeks to get tested. Most people develop detectable antibodies 21-25 days post exposure. Additionally, most HIV tests are around 95% accurate within 4-6 weeks post exposure. Finally, a combo 4th generation test, is considered by most HIV specialists to be conclusive at just 6 weeks post exposure.

Here are some great websites for more resources;

https://smartsexresource.com/

http://www.avert.org/

I hope this helped!

SIncerely,

Christina

AIDS Vancouver Online Helpline

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