Anonymous
Hi,
about 21days ago,I had sex with an unknown girl,there was no oral sex we only had intercourse,that to I was wearing a condom(Condom did not break).and now I'm in my 4th week I don't have any HIV symptoms.
But in my mind I'm still scared,please let me know are there any chances of me getting infected by HIV?
Please help
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Anonymous
Hi there,

Thanks for contacting us at AIDS Vancouver for your HIV related questions.

First off, I'm glad to hear you were using protection. Condoms are one of the most efficient ways to protect yourself from sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV.

Protected vaginal intercourse is considered to be a low risk activity. This means that there have only ever been a few cases of transmission from this activity, and those have usually been under specific identifiable circumstances (like the condom breaking).

Second, it is important to note that there are no clinically defined symptoms of HIV. This means that there are no symptoms that all HIV+ people experience and all HIV- people do not experience. Therefore, we try to discourage individuals from self-diagnosing based on symptoms, and instead rely only on testing. So even if you had symptoms, it would not necessarily be an indication of your status.

We encourage all people who are sexually active to be regularly tested for all STIs, including but not limited to HIV. While the situation you described does not put you at a high risk level for HIV transmission, testing for STIs is a necessary part of maintaining good sexual health. It will also help you to feel like you are in control of your sexual health, and it may help to lower the level of anxiety you seem to be experiencing about this situation.

I hope I have adequately answered your questions, but feel free to contact us again with any other concerns.

In health,
Chantelle,
AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
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