Anonymous
Hi,
First of all I want to say that you are making a wonderful job on this forum. There is none other like this on the web.
I have a concearn about HIV.
On 13 february this year I performed oral sex on a prostitute. But only for a short period and superficial. I was protected in the rest of the time, with a condom.
I started getting simptoms very fast after this, at 3 days - cough, leg pain, neck stifness, oral trush and a lot of anxiety, for wich Im still taking medication.
I took tests:
14 days - negative ELISA
40 days - negative ELISA and negative ECLIA (with p 24)
54 days - undetectable PCR viral load
70 days - antibodies negative screening test
84 days - negative ELISA
But my problem is that some symptoms persist - the oral trush, now I also have a bad cough and skin itches.
I cannot keep calm and move on with my life. I just want to know - have you ever seen such a case ending up HIV positive? Do I need further testing? Here, in my country, in Romania, some doctors still recomend testing at 6 months as standard protocol. But I know WHO recommends 3 months/84 days as conclusive. Should I test again at 90 + days?
Thank you,
And a lot of love and respect from me to all the good people from Aidsvancouver!

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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for your kind words about the work of the AIDS Vancouver team of staff and volunteers. You appear to be well informed about the testing window and your negative test results clearly indicate that you did not acquire HIV.

Giving oral sex is considered to carry low risk, meaning there are only a few known cases of transmission risk factors are present. Using a condom as you did was also effective in protecting both you and your partner. I should mention that is is not the person (commercial sex worker) but the activity that determines risk.

Based on the testing you have received it is not necessary to have more HIV testing. As for the symptoms, I encourage you to see a doctor for assessment and treatment. Since you are negative for hIV those symptoms you describe cannot be linked to HIV.

If you wish to check out information about STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections) you may wish to go to the website http://www.smartsexresource.com for more help with maintaining your sexual health.

If you have other HIV related questions in the future, please contact the Helpline again.

In Health,

Marnelle

Helpline Volunteer

helpline@aidsvancouver.org
Tel. 604-253-0566 Ext. 299
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