Anonymous
Hi,

I made a mistake having unprotected vaginal sex with a female sex worker, it was lasted for 25 mins. I was drunk, it was my first time having sex.

I tested at 4 month, 6 months, 9 month and 12 month via Eclia fourth generation. It was non-reactive. It has been 26 months since my exposure, I never tested after that

After 8 months, I developed sinusitis and I am suffering with it for the past 10 months diagnosed via CT Scan, I am getting red and black rashes. I also got pharyngitis now, my throat is very bad.

And now the past 3 months, I am getting inquiry to my body and getting red, black or brown rashes. First inquiry was on my left shoulder, then belly, then ears and now right shoulder, this is my fourth inquiry. I am pretty sure i never inquired myself.

Have a look at this picture: [Link deleted by AIDS Vancouver]

Do you see inquiry, brown and red rashes? I have got these rashes to my neck, shoulder and belly after exposure.

I have had no other exposure before or after that.

Please help
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Anonymous
Thank you for contacting AIDS Vancouver. It sounds like you have had some unpleasant health symptoms, and you are wondering whether these symptoms may be related to HIV. I hope the following information about testing and symptoms will clarify your situation.

The first important thing to know is that HIV cannot be reliably be diagnosed by symptoms because the symptoms are similar to the symptoms of other viruses. The only way to know whether you have HIV is to be tested for HIV by a qualified healthcare professional. You can read more about this at the [U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website](https://www.aids.gov/hiv-aids-basics/hiv-aids-101/signs-and-symptoms/).

It looks like you have taken a number of HIV tests over the course of a year, and none of them have led to a diagnosis of HIV. According to BC CDC protocols, an HIV test is considered conclusive if it was taken three or months post-exposure. So all four of your tests would be considered conclusive for that exposure, meaning there is no medical or scientific reason to believe that results of further testing would change for that exposure. You can read more about this on [CATIE.org](http://www.catie.ca/en/basics/hiv-and-aids#better).

I hope that clarifies your situation with respect to HIV. Hopefully you will be able to partner with your doctors to better understand and address the other health challenges you face.

If you have further questions, you can check out our website or call our Helpline for immediate assistance with general inquiries.

Yours in health,

Matt, Volunteer

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

Monday-Friday 10am-4pm (Pacific Time)

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