Anonymous
Sir, I am a 24 year old from India. I came to know that I had unprotected vaginal sex with one who used to have unprotected sex with many before 1 to 2 years. I came to know that She is now totally healthy and have no symptoms of HIV. Her partner is also physically fit. I had a HIV test just after 24 days of getting exposed. I tested negative. That was a 2nd generation HIV test . I have no symptoms after 35 days of getting exposed. Should I test again?. If I have to then after how many days? And does the time of intercourse have any relation with HIV transmission?
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline. I understand you are worried about your HIV status, and I will be more than glad to help.

First, I'd like to say that most people living with HIV have absolutely no visible symptoms, and can appear completely healthy. Therefore, it would be very inaccurate to indicate an HIV status if someone or their partners look healthy. The only way to know someone's HIV status is by testing. Now, most people (95%) that have newly acquired HIV would test positive on a rapid test around 21 to 25 days. Therefore, your negative test results at 24 days is a very strong indication that your HIV status is negative. However, for your test to be considered conclusive, it must be done after 12 weeks (3 months). This test should most likely come back negative for you since your last test was negative. For the future, I highly recommend using a condom when you are unsure about your partner's HIV status. You can find a great resource for proper condom use [here](http://www.avert.org/sex-stis/safer-sex-hiv/condoms).

Sincerely,

Ali

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