Anonymous
Two weeks ago, I was the insertive partner during a sexual encounter. I did not have a condom on, but I was only inserted for a a couple of seconds before pulling out and deciding to do mutual masturbuation to be safe. About two weeks after, I started getting a few itchy bumps that would appear and disappear quickly and relocate somewhere else. My doctor gave me methyl prednisolone for an allergic reaction and they went away after 4 days. Does this seem like an ARS symptom? Should I get tested at 21 days for an antigen and antibody test? Or should I wait till 28 days for the test?
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Anonymous
Hi there,

Thanks for contacting AIDS Vancouver for HIV/AIDS-related information.

HIV has few clinically-defined symptoms, and itchy bumps are definitely not one of them. ARS symptoms like pneumonia or kaposi sarcoma happen to people who are in the advanced stages of untreated AIDS, which can take YEARS.

Sounds like you did what you could to reduce your risk by opting for mutual masturbation when no condom was used. If you are very apprehensive, then now would be a good time to get tested with the antigen/antibody test. Otherwise, wait until it's been 3 months/12 weeks/84 days post-exposure to test. This is still considered the global "window period".

If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

Best

Maggie

AIDS Vancouver Volunteer
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