Anonymous
Hi first of all thenk you for being more honeat and realistic about hiv most websites just scare you.

first I want to tell u my storry 3 weeks ago I got drunk and had sex with a csw I used a condom but during sex I pulled out she looked and she said the condom was ruined but I didnt think it tore cause I can still feel it gripping, I think she ment it was stretched out or it slipped up, anyway we changed the condom, but 2 weeks later I started feeling nasal congestion then, it turned into a cold like symptoms I had a temperature of 37degrees and also some headache and fatigue that was 3 days ago.
my question is can this be signs of asr?
And deos asr come in stages ? Or all at once
Lets say the condom failed what are my risks?
Please help iam suffering from anxiety I cant concentrate abt anything else.
thank
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Anonymous
Hi there,

Thank you for choosing AIDS Vancouver for your source of HIV/AIDS related information. It's great to see that you are taking initiative when it comes to your health and well being!

Please keep in mind that engaging in sexual activity with a commercial sex worker does not pose an increased risk for HIV transmission. It is the act which confers a risk, not the individual.

The situation you have described would not be considered high risk. Even in the event where the condom breaks, or slips off, the condom still provides some protection - it still better than not using any protection at all! It is also great to hear that you decided to use a new condom, that is an excellent way to keep your risk of HIV transmission low.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) all HIV testing is considered conclusive 12 weeks (or 84 days) post exposure, provided there have been no other exposures during that window period. Up to 95% of cases can be detected through testing within 6 weeks post exposure. With that in mind, if you are interested in testing, I would encourage you to test once at the 6 week mark, and wait until the 12 week mark to test again in order to receive conclusive results.

There are no clinically defined symptoms of HIV. It's important to note that only some - and not all - individuals who are exposed to the virus will develop symptoms 2-6 weeks post exposure, which puts into perspective how unreliable symptoms are as a diagnostic tool. The fact that you have been experiencing nasal congestion, fever, headache and fatigue is by no means an indication that you have been exposed to HIV. The only way to know one's HIV status is through testing.

At AIDS Vancouver, we advocate that all sexually active individuals get tested for all sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV, as part of their health routine. This can be in the form of testing every 3 months, bi-annually, annually or whatever suits that individual's lifestyle.

You have done a great job in ensuring that your risk of HIV transmission remains low. While the situation you have described does pose a risk for HIV, you can take comfort in the fact that engaging in sexual activity with someone that is HIV positive does not guarantee that HIV will be transmitted. I hope I have addressed all of your concerns, and if you have any other questions please feel free to contact us again!

All the best,

Greg
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