Anonymous
i it is my 18 days after i had unprotected vagina sex and i am really afraid of getting hiv after the 18 days means today i have a small patch of rashes on my chest it is not itchy and there is no rashes on my other part of the body also i had a small throat pain few days before it is it cause by hiv??? i am really scare pls
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Anonymous
Hi there and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

I understand that you have been potentially exposed to the HIV virus through a high risk activity (unprotected vaginal sex).

I would like to clarify that there are no clinically recognized symptoms for the diagnosis of HIV infection. That is because symptoms vary among different individuals, and while some infected individuals display some symptoms, others do not experience any symptoms at all. The ONLY way to determine your HIV status is through testing. We recommend that you communicate with a doctor in your area, or visit a testing site to determine the HIV or STI test that best suits your needs.

In other words, no one can answer whether or not you have acquired HIV through symptoms. You have had a potential high risk exposure to HIV, and the best course of action at this point is to conduct an HIV test. You may also want to consider other sexually transmitted diseases when requesting an HIV test.

I trust that I have answered your question. For additional information on HIV risk, prevention, and testing, feel free to visit our website at http://www.aidsvancouver.org. You might also find the following resources helpful:
http://www.avert.org,
http://www.catie.ca,
http://www.thebody.com,
http://www.smartsexresource.com

In health,

Malath
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