Anonymous
Hi Aids Vancouver,

Thank you for setting up this wonderful website to help millions of people like myself on this sensitive topic.

I have a question which need your expert opinion and to remove my emotional anxiety.

On April 1, I met up with a female friend at a club and with too much drinks we ended up having vaginal sex. I had a condom on to protect myself and during the sex, I decided to pull out halfway to remove the condom and to have her giving me a handjob.

Till today April 9, I have no pain in urination and no discharge from the penis. I am alittle worried about my situation as I do not know her history and therefore may I ask if there is any possibility that I may caught any STD or HIV.

Furthermore, to remove my anxiety I am thinking of taking the 4th generation rapid test at 4th week (April 28). Will the result on April 28 be conclusive on my condition ? Is it possible to take the test slightly earlier or it best to take it after post 28 days.

Thank you for reading and answering my questions.



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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for using the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

Using a condom is always the best way to help reduce the risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STI's) for both you and your partner. The situation you described appears to present minimal risk; however getting tested is the only way to know if you have acquired HIV. 3rd and 4th generation tests have a window of 4 - 12 weeks. If you get an early test, official testing guidelines set out by the World Health Organization still recommend testing at 12 weeks after exposure for a conclusive result. As for STI's you can request testing from your family doctor or clinic in your area. For additional information on STI's you can also check out http://www.smartsexresource.com.

I want to mention that your symptoms are not necessarily an indication that you have acquired HIV. Symptoms are not used to diagnose HIV because they can occur in various viral infections. The only way to know for sure what your HIV status is would be through a blood test.

I hope this information is useful. Please contact the Helpline again if you have other HIV related questions.

All the best,

Marnelle

Helpline Volunteer

helpline@aidsvancouver.org

Helpline MON - FRI 10am - 4om

Tel. 604-253-0566 Ext. 299

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