Anonymous
I had an exposure around 3 months ago, it was protected anal sex and unprotected oral sex with mouth ulcers. I had a rapid finger-prick blood test at around 6 weeks or more, it was negative. However, during this month, I kept getting mouth ulcers, a new one comes up every week, after the old one heal.

So my question is, how much can i put trust on my 6 weeks rapid test? Also, is keep having mouth ulcers related to HIV?? is it because it's damaging my immune system and cause such situation??
P.S. I am having a lot stress and stay up really late for exam this month

Please help and thank you
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Anonymous
Hi there and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Online Helpline.

About 95% of HIV infections are detectable on tests taken 4-6 weeks after exposure, however, all HIV tests have conclusive results when taken 12 weeks (3 months) or more following exposure. It is unlikely that your results will change from the test you took at 6 weeks, but my recommendation would be to take another test at 12 weeks for conclusive results.

Also, it may be helpful for you to know that protected sex (sex with a condom) and giving oral sex are both considered to be a low risk for acquiring HIV. Receiving oral sex is considered to be a negligible risk (meaning that there have been no reported cases of someone acquiring HIV in this way in British Columbia).

In regards to the mouth ulcers you've been experiencing, at AIDS Vancouver we do not go by symptoms as an indicator of HIV. This is because symptoms can be present for any number of reasons that are not related to HIV. My recommendation would be to visit your doctor (or possibly dentist as well) and partner with them in figuring out why you have been getting mouth ulcers.

For more information about HIV you can always visit the AIDS Vancouver website or CATIE.ca.

I hope this information helps to answer your questions.

Isla (Volunteer)

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