Anonymous
Hi,
First, I want to thank you for your services.

I had a night which I went to a bar that I thought normal where after some drinks met a girl and we went to my place together and had sex. But after, I realised the girl was a sex worker...We did use protection with condom but for some reason the condom almost slipped off but was still covering the glans ( Sadly, alcohol makes my memory vague) I am now really getting stressed and a shame of myself. I read the transmission rate is at 0,04% for a case like mine. She told me she always uses protection and get tested every 3 months but I'm still really worried. Should 35 days before getting tested is enough?.

Thank you very much.
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Anonymous
Hi there,

Thank you for reaching out to AIDS Vancouver, I'm happy to address your concerns.

You should not feel ashamed of yourself, because you took the necessary harm-reduction protocols to protect yourself and your health (by wearing a condom!) I'm sorry that the slipping of the condom has caused you to feel stressed, but let's assess your situation to bring you feelings of relief and reduced fear, okay?

Using a condom is one of the most effective ways at preventing HIV transmission. It's good to hear that although the condom was slipping, it was still on your penis and protecting the urethra (opening) of your penis - this is what matters!

It's important to know that although the window period is typically 4 weeks to 3 months, 95% of infections are detectable within 4-6 weeks post-exposure. Most people develop antibodies in 21-25 days, which can be detected on a test. You can get tested as early as you want to for your own peace of mind, but if you are testing within the window period, we definitely suggest follow-up testing.

HIV test results are considered to be conclusive at 12 weeks (84 days). For more information, please visit

I hope you learned something new today. All the best,

Leila

AIDS Vancouver

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