Anonymous
Hi, i was involved in a high risk exposure (unprotected oral and unprotected vaginal sex) with a sex trade worker on October 9th 2011. I was also involved in another high risk exposure (unprotected oral and unprotected vaginal sex) with another commercial sex worker on October 12th, 2011.I got my HIV chemiluminscense antibody test on 90th day (jan 10th, 2012) post the 2nd exposure which turned out to be negative. My question is - 1)Will these succesive high risk exposures (which have occured 2 days after one another) affect / increase my window period beyond 90 days and do I need further testing?? Please note my hiv antibody test was done on the 90th day post my second exposure. I am really tensed about the conclusivness about my test and will appreciate a response from you.
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Anonymous
Hi there and thanks for using the AIDS Vancouver online helpline as your source of HIV/AIDS related information. It's great to hear that you are getting tested & staying informed about your sexual health! Provided that you have not had any further exposures in the interim, having 2 successive potential exposures will not affect the window period for testing. As such, you can view your negative result, taken 90 days after the last possible exposure, as conclusive for no current HIV infection. Also, please note that all unprotected sexual activity is a high risk for HIV transmission, and not just that with a sex worker, especially given that sex workers may be more conscious about their sexual health (use protection and test more frequently) than a layperson. Moreover, if you have not done so already, it may be a good idea to get tested for other STIs (such as chlamydia, syphilis and gonorrhea) as they are often much easier to pass from person to person from a one-time encounter than HIV. So, again, yes your tests are conclusive at 90 days post your most recent high risk exposure. No further testing for HIV is required for any sexual activities that occurred more than 12 weeks ago. I hope this helped to answer you question, and please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any further questions. Cheers, Jonathan AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer helpline@aidsvancouver.org (Mon-Fri 9-4pm): (604) 696-4666 http://www.aidsvancouver.org/helpline
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