Anonymous
Here's what happen on 8/21/15 I had sex with a guy. There was a few seconds (like 5 seconds) at the beginning that he did not have a condom on after that he put a condom on. when he go close to finishing he pulled out and finished in the condom. I was not sure of his HIV status and so I was worried and when to a place where they do HIV testing using the Oraquick advance HIV-1/2 oral swab i got tested on 3/8/16 just a little over 6 mouths after the encounter the test was negative. I'm still worried the test may have been wrong. I have not done anything with any one sins then.
1.Also should I get retested?
2.Do I need to be worried about symptoms now?
3.What was my risk?
4.Is there a chance the test was wrong?
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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 questions!

It is wonderful that you used a condom. When used properly, condoms are the best and most effective way to protect yourself from HIV and other STI's. However, there was a period of unprotected sex and no matter how long this intercourse is, it is still considered a high risk situation. This means that if your partner was living with HIV, there is a chance for [HIV transmission](http://www.avert.org/hiv-transmission-prevention) during your exposure. With that said, it is wonderful that you have been tested!

With regards to testing, AIDS Vancouver does not recommend the use home oral tests like the Oraquick as it is not approved in Canada. The reason for this is because there is a high chance for human error when performing home tests. For more accurate results, AIDS Vancouver recommends testing through a testing site or a laboratory. Please know that all HIV tests are considered conclusive at 3 months or 12 weeks after your last high risk exposure. Since your exposure is past this time frame, any test you take at this point is considered conclusive. Due to the fact that your situation is high risk, it would be helpful to see your local medical professional to receive additional HIV testing or to visit a testing site near you. If you live in BC, you may refer to this [Testing Site Locator](http://smartsexresource.com/get-tested/clinic-finder). If you live in Canada, please look at this [Clinic Finder](https://aso411.ca/). Furthermore, if you live in the states, you may refer to the [CDC Site Locator](https://gettested.cdc.gov/).

With regards to symptoms, please know that HIV has no clinically definable symptoms. This means that symptoms vary from person to person with a common symptom of newly infected individuals being flu-like symptoms. However, as I said previously, the only way to know if you have HIV is to get tested.

I hope I have answered your questions. Please feel free to contact us if you have any more questions or refer to the links provided for more information.

Best wishes,

Mary

Helpline Volunteer
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