Anonymous
Hello,

My name is Marius and I am 31 old.4 weeks ago I had vaginal sex and oral sex with a sexworker protected. I protected all the time. Only a week after I started having various symptoms . Now after 4 weeks I took the first test and the result are :

Anti - HIV 1+2-Ser / electrochemiluminiscenta (HIV combi)--------------Negative

RPR cantitativ --Ser / Metoda imunoturbidimetrica ----------------------Negative

Anticorpi Treponema pallidum - cantitativ ---Ser / ECLIA--TPLA-----------Negative


Even if the test came out negative after 4 weeks , I worry because I had a healed wound on his penis and think not to have taken any virus even if I protected.
I would be eternally grateful if you would tell how conclusive test is done only after 4 weeks.

Thank you very much
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Anonymous
Hi there and thank you for reaching out to AIDS Vancouver with your questions. We're happy to help!

In terms of your risk level, protected vaginal sex is considered to be a low risk activity, meaning that while there have been a few reports of infection attributed to this activity, they are usually under certain identifiable conditions (e.g. the condom breaking). I also wanted to congratulate you on taking charge of your sexual health with the use of a condom: the condom acts as a barrier against the transmission of body fluids, and if correctly used, it greatly reduces your chance of acquiring HIV.

Here in Canada, all tests are considered conclusive 3 months after your most recent exposure. Because your test was taken only 4 weeks after your exposure, you would need to re-test at 3 months in order for you to get a conclusive results.

You briefly mentioned having symptoms, which I wanted to address. There are no specific symptoms of HIV. In fact, certain individuals may never develop symptoms, and for those who do, most symptoms will go away after a few days, or at most, a couple of weeks. This is why the only way to diagnose HIV is to get tested. Because HIV symptoms mirror so many other viral infections or can be explained by other things, we do not go by symptoms here at AIDS Vancouver.

I hope I was able to answer your question, and feel free to contact us with any further concerns.

Regards,

Sierra, Helpline Volunteer

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

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