Anonymous
Sorry for my english, I'm from Brazil and I really need help. I started to penetrate a guy without condom - I leasted about 30 seconds and I didn't completed the penetration after that, I use a condom to finished the sex. The guy is HIV positive and is under treatment and his viral load is undetectable. After the sex, I went to hospital and I started PEP about 2 hours after risk. After I finished the PEP treatment, 2 days after, I started to feel some symptoms of hiv acute infection - sore trhoat, low fever, enlarged lymph nodes, nausea. I started to teste to HIV: 28 days after exposure, 33 after the exposure and 50 days after exposure (20 days after I finished pep). Today, I'm in the 55th after exposure and still feeling the symptoms - the symptoms has been leasting for 28 days. My question is: my risk was very high? is it true that a positive person with undetectable viral load is unlikely to infect other peolple? Is my last test a good signal that I am not infected?
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Anonymous
Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for your HIV/AIDS related health information. It seems you're concerned about the possibility of HIV transmitting during an encounter. We're happy to answer your question for you.

Unprotected sex (no matter the duration) is considered a high risk activity. High risk means that of the transmissions that have occurred, most have occurred due to activities such as these. So it's great you were proactive and went for testing after this encounter. It is true that an "undetectable" HIV positive person has a reduced risk of transmitting HIV. HIV replicates in cells in the blood, and the number of viral particles in the blood can be measured. What undetectable means is that the number of particles in the blood are low enough that the risk of transmission is reduced. To see the risks associated with this activity and many other common activities, check out our [risk assessment page](http://helpline.aidsvancouver.org/question/risk-assessment-chart).

As for the symptoms you are experiencing, we at AIDS Vancouver are not healthcare providers, so cannot comment on them. However, HIV infections are never diagnosed based on symptoms alone, simply because the symptoms of an HIV infection are quite common to many other common medical conditions. Testing is the only way to diagnose an HIV infection. If you're concerned about any symptoms you're experiencing, we'd encourage you to see a healthcare provider.

You'll need to go for an HIV test 12 weeks (or 3 months) after completing your PEP regimen to know your HIV status conclusively. We'd encourage you to do so.

Thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline with your question, we hope it has been answered fully.

Trevor

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

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