Anonymous


Gentleman,

40 days ago I had vaginal sex with an escort and the condom broke. I have been a complete basket case worrying about this. I took an oraquick test today which came back negative. 21 days after this happened I ate a seafood dinner and got sick with diarrhea and ate nothing for a day and a half. I have been a complete wreck. Six days after the incident, I went to planned parenthood and was checked for STD's which were negative and they said it was too soon to check for HIV. Any thoughts, I am driving myself crazy. Today I woke with a slight sore throat and I almost can't function.
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Anonymous
Hello and thanks for contacting AIDS Vancouver with your question. It sounds like you are concerned about the reliability of your HIV test results as well as some symptoms you have been experiencing.

First of all, I would like to stress that just because an individual is a commercial sex trade worker does not mean that the individual is HIV positive. Therefore, on this forum we focus on the risk of the activity performed and not the individuals engaged in the activity.

Unprotected(broken condom) vaginal sex is considered a High Risk activity. This means that the practices in this category present a potential for HIV transmission because they involve an exchange of body fluids. In addition, a significant number of scientific studies have repeatedly associated the activities with HIV infection. There have been a lot of confirmed reports of infection in this way.

Most people develop detectable antibodies in 21-25 days. You took a test at 40 days post exposure. The test that you took has an accuracy of Accuracy is 99.6%. The test that you took came back negative.

All HIV tests are conclusive 3 months post potential exposure. If even after this information you feel that you would like to have another test for peace of mind, I would recommend that you retest 3 months post exposure for conclusive results.

Currently, we do not attribute any symptoms to HIV, whereas HIV presents itself differently in different people. The symptoms that you have been experiencing could be indicative of other viral infections. For this reason, I would recommend that you seek care from you doctor to find out the reason for the symptoms.

I would encourage you to check out the following resources for more information about HIV:

  • Risk Assessment Chart


  • Smart Sex Resource


  • Avert


  • Thanks for contacting AIDS Vancouver.

    Hilary

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