Anonymous
On April 10, 2016, I went to a my local strip club and had protected vagina intercourse with a female stripper. Three weeks later, I started to have night sweats, stomach acid problems, and a sore throat. Because of this symptoms, I visited my local nurse at my college to further assist me with my issues. I explained to her that I used protection and that I had no other symptoms. She looked at my throat and noticed that my throat lymph was swollen, explaining that it was caused by a virus, however, she also mentioned that, because I used protection, the chances of being infected is very low. That said, at 4 weeks, I decided to get my blood tested, and while the results are pending, I decided to buy an Oraquick test. In which, it came out negative. However, I still fear that I might have been infected. So, my question is that if it came out negative on the Oraquick, what are the chances of resulting positive on the blood test?

P.S. Although there are many answered questions similar to mine in this forum, I would appreciate it if I got an answer for my own peace of mind. Thanks. You guys are awesome.
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Anonymous
Hello,

Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline as your source for HIV/AIDS related information. I would be happy to answer your question. It's always more reassuring to get an answer that is specific to your question!

First, the nurse you spoke to is correct when she said that protected sex is considered a low risk activity. I will explain further by showing you the HIV transmission equation. To get HIV, you must have all 3 factors present.

HIV TRANSMISSION EQUATION


BODY FLUID
+
ACTIVITY
+
DIRECT ACCESS TO BLOODSTREAM
---------- -------- ----------------------------
• blood (including menstrual) • unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse • vagina
• semen • sharing needles • anus
• pre-cum • mother to child (in specific cases) • urethra in the penis
• rectal secretions • open cuts and sores (in theory)
• vaginal fluids • other mucosal membranes
• breast milk • points of needle injection
As you can see from the table, protected sex is considered a low risk activity. In the case of protected sex, you have 2 of the factors present, the exchange of body fluids and penetrative intercourse. However, the use of a condom provides a barrier, preventing direct access to the bloodstream. Good job on using a condom! AIDS Vancouver recommends the use of a condom and other [safe sex practices](http://smartsexresource.com/about-stis/prevention), like regular testing, to ensure your safety and that of others.

Although you do not need HIV testing immediately based on your low risk, it is great that you have been tested. Please know that AIDS Vancouver does not support the use of oral home tests as it is not approved in Canada. There is a high chance for human error with home tests and therefore, laboratory testing with a skilled medical professional is recommended. Testing in a laboratory also allows for the opportunity to test for other STI's and Hepatitis. If you would like to get further testing, please see you local medical professional for more information.

With regards to know [symptoms](http://www.avert.org/about-hiv-aids/symptoms-stages), know that HIV has no clinically definable symptoms. This means that symptoms vary from person to person and therefore, symptoms are not a good indicator of someone’s HIV status. The only way to determine if you have HIV is to get tested.

I hope I have helped to answer your questions. Please feel free to contact us if you have anymore questions or refer to the links provided above for more information.

Best wishes,

Mary

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