Anonymous
I have a few questions and confirmations i seeks answers to.

Just to confirm-
* Handjobs are NO risk, even if there a cuts and scrapes on the hands.

* Spanish/ breast sex, is no risk, even in the event of breast fluid coming into contact with the penis /urethra.

* Once exposed to air/outside of the body, the virus dies/deactivates, as such one cannot be infected by sexual fluid on a soap bottle, on the floor or in soapy water, despite having cuts or fresh friction blisters from shoes on their feet.

Some questions

1) Does the type of risk affect the time to test ? For example, a sexual risk compared to a public needle stick?

2) The duo/ combo/ hiv 1&2 antibody and antigen tests, when is the best time to test using these tests and when are they regarded as CONCLUSIVE? I am aware the CDC has changed their testing advice, but cannot find actual times to test.

Thankyou for any help/ info you can provide
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Anonymous
Hello There,

Thank you for posting on the AIDS Vancouver Helpline Forum.

I will address your questions in the order that you have presented them.

* That is correct, handjobs are a no risk activity even with cuts and scrapes on the hands because skin is a great barrier for HIV transmission. HIV needs to have direct access to your bloodstream in order for infection to occur.

* Touching is a no risk activity, meaning handjobs and fondling are touch based activities that are considered non-insertive masturbation. They fall under the no risk category because there is no access of fluids directly into the bloodstream.

* It is great to know you have substantial accurate information about HIV and how it is transmitted. Thus far you have been accurate with your information and it is correct that HIV dies upon exposure to air. HIV is also a human-to-human virus and cannot be transmitted through objects such as a soap bottle.

1) No, the time to test is standard for all high risk activities associated with HIV. Conclusive results for all HIV tests are at 3 months post exposure.

2) The window period for a DUO test is 4-12 weeks. As mentioned earlier, all HIV tests are considered conclusive at the 12-week mark post exposure. However, at AIDS Vancouver, we have never seen results change past the 6 week point post exposure.

For more information about HIV/AIDS, please visit our website at http://www.aidsvancouver.org.

Hope this helps!

Please let us know if we can provide any more information. Or if you would like to call and speak to someone at the Helpline, you can do so anonymously and confidentially by calling 604-696-4666, Monday to Friday between 9am-4pm.

All the Best,

Reeman

AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
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