Anonymous
Dear Sir/Mam,

A month ago I slept with a working girl twice (vaginal sex with condom) When she was on top I got little flaccid and then we changed and I got on top.. After finishing I went to the bathroom and apon removing the condom I noticed a dry blood drop on the base of my penis and 2 more on the shaft (must have got there after gaining erection when changed the position)...
During fore playing I fingered her and touched my penis shaft.. The only thing I know is that it didn't touch my penis head, I'm circumsized, the condom didn't break ( I tested it ) and I have no visible cuts or sores on my shaft or base... The girl told me she has just finished her period... And also she said that she is clean and that she takes care of herself.

After two weeks I got chlamydia and took antibiotic and got cured.

I took ELISA antibody tests (15 days and 22 days) after the incidence and bothe came negative...

Now
1) can you asses my risk of HIV?
2) can invisible cuts be a portal for hiv to enter?
3) since I got chlamydia is it easy to be at risk to hiv also?
4) should I retest? I know that window period is 12 weeks but are my tests good sign?

I am in deep agony and scared so can you please tell me what do you think?
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Anonymous
Hi there

Thanks for contacting AIDS Vancouver for HIV/AIDS related information.

First, I want to congratulate you for using condoms. Condoms substantially reduce your risk of infection.

As you might know, chlamydia is a bacterial infection and is one of the most common STIs. Although using condoms helps, there are areas where skin-to-skin contact can still occur. The way that HIV transmission works is that body fluids containing HIV (i.e. blood, semen, vaginal fluids) need direct access to your bloodstream through an activity like unprotected vaginal or anal sex.

And so
1) Your risk of HIV is very low because you used a condom properly.

2) Invisible cuts are not a portal. For the virus to have direct access to your bloodstream, you would need to have a fresh, open wound (think a stab wound) for there to be a risk.

3) Yes. Chlamydia can increase your chances of HIV transmission due to inflammation (check here: http://www.catie.ca/en/fact-sheets/epidemiology/sexually-transmitted-infections-and-hiv-transmission). However, the fact that you used a condom protects you. And so I wouldn't be too concerned about it if I were you.

4) It's nice to know that you have a lot of knowledge about HIV. The global standard is still 12 weeks/84 days/3 months post exposure. If I were you, I would take my test results as a very good sign that you are HIV negative, but it is still a bit too early to tell. This is because 95% of infections are detected between 4-6 weeks post exposure, and because most people develop detectable antibodies between 21 and 25 days.

So my advice to you would be there is nothing to be afraid of. You didn't place yourself at great risk, and so the chances of HIV transmission are low. Even if the sex worker transmitted chlamydia to you, that doesn't mean she has HIV. So for the next 2 months, focus on other things. And when that 3 month period comes up, test again if you want to ensure your results are accurate, reliable and conclusive.

If you have further questions please don't hesitate to ask

Best

Maggie

AIDS Vancouver Volunteer


1) can you asses my risk of HIV?
2) can invisible cuts be a portal for hiv to enter?
3) since I got chlamydia is it easy to be at risk to hiv also?
4) should I retest? I know that window period is 12 weeks but are my tests good sign?
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