Anonymous
Two days ago I had sex with a prostitute. We had protected oral(she gave me a bj) and vaginal sex. But unfortunately yesterday one day after this event I developed a moderate/severe sore throat. My question is was I at hiv risk? Is it too early to have hiv symptoms.


One last question(s) how do you know when your condom breaks? How you you know when your condom slip out? Is it possible that my condom slipped out while we had vaginal sex and I didn't notice ( leaving my penis unprotected for a few minutes inside this lady's vagina) and then my condem was push over my penis again with out me noticing?

Tank you so much for this help line.You guys are doing a great job evaluating risk and relieving individuals from anxiety? Thank you in advance for answering my questions.
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Anonymous
Hello and thanks for your questions. Taking steps to use protection as you did is always the best way to reduce this risk of HIV transmission for both you and your partner. Having sex with a commercial sex worker does not pose any more risk than having sex with someone else. It the activity and not the person that affect the degree of risk.

Even if you thought that the condom may have broken or slipped off, you still had more protection than you would have had without a condom. In future, it is helpful to take hold of the edge of the condom before pulling out.

In the situation you described the risk to you was low, but since you are sexually active testing to be certain of your HIV status may be something you will want to consider. Receiving oral sex is negligible risk and vaginal sex with a condom presents a low risk. There are no symptoms that are consistently associated with HIV that can be used to diagnose, only testing will tell you if you have acquired HIV.

An early test can be performed with a window of 10-12 days but the standard window for antibody detection is 4 weeks to 3 months. For a conclusive HIV test result WHO (World Health Organisation) recommends that testing be done at 3 months (12 weeks) after the possible exposure.

I hope this helps to alleviate your anxiety. If you have any other HIV related questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Helpline again.

Kind regards,

Marnelle

Helpline Volunteer

helpline@aidsvancouver.org

Helpline MON-FRI 10am - 4pm

Tel. (604) 696-4666
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