Anonymous
Dear Sir/mam
I am 25 years old male. I had a protected sex(condom) with a sex worker on 21st may 2015. It was a vaginal sex and fingering in her vagina. Now I am concerned about my HIV status will I be infected or not? I am experiencing slight pain in my testes and penis also a bit of abdomen pain, muscle and joint pain. Are these the symptoms? Do I need to get tested? If yes then what are the test I should undergo? Do I need to wait for 3 months or is there any other tests that can detect the virus earlier then 3 months?
I am under extreme depression please help
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Anonymous
Hi there! Thanks for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline with your HIV related concerns and questions. We are happy to help!.

I understand that you're worried about how your experience may have put you at risk for acquiring HIV. Hopefully this answer is able to help you.

In terms of your activities, I will define the risks for you. Protected sex is considered a Low Risk , and this is due to factors such as condoms breaking. If the condom didn't break, then there isn't really a risk associated. Fingering is considered Negligible Risk which means that although you can technically make a case for it, there hasn't been a single reported case in British Columbia.

In terms of the symptoms, here at AIDS Vancouver we do not use symptoms to classify or diagnose HIV as they are vague and often mirror other viral infections such as the flu. If these symptoms seem to be persisting, then I would partner with your health care professional as they might be able to give you more information about the underlying cause.

In terms of testing, although your situation doesn't pose a great risk, and so testing may not be specifically required, here at AIDS Vancouver we recommend that all those who are sexually active make HIV testing a regular part of their sexual health maintenance. Although all tests are considered conclusive after 3 months, most tests are 95% accurate within 4-6 weeks. Further, most HIV experts consider the 4th Generation (combo/duo test) to be conclusive at 4-6 weeks, if you want to be certain with an early result. However, I will note that the BC CDC still says 12 weeks for this test, so that is technically what we go by here at AIDS Vancouver.

Please check out the BC CDC Testing guidelines [HERE](http://www.bccdc.ca/NR/rdonlyres/B35EDEBD-98CA-48BB-AB7C-B18A357AC19D/0/HIV_GUIDE_051114.pdf) for more information.

I hope this helped to put your mind at ease!

Sincerely,

Christina

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