Anonymous
Hi,

i am 29, I had unprotected sex some 2 years back and i wish to get married in coming year. I am anxious about myself. so far i feel healthy and do not face any serious illness. Should i consider HIV testing? What is way forward?
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Anonymous
Hello, thank you for contacting AIDS Vancouver and I am happy to help answer your question.

First of all I would like to congratulate you on your upcoming marriage! It seems that you are concerned about your sexual experience in the past, and I hope to help by providing you some information on HIV testing.

Having unprotected sex is considered a *High Risk* activity, which means that there have been a lot of confirmed reports of infection in this way. You mentioned you feel healthy, but we do not look at any symptoms (or lack of symptoms) as indicators of HIV as it could reflect any other viral infections. The only way to know your HIV status for sure is through testing. Testing is widely available and have a high accuracy as well.

Antibody tests are commonly used and recommended, and there are blood tests that looks for your antibodies. There is the 3rd Generation EIA test, the Rapid or Point-of-Care test, and the 4th Generation EIA/DUO test (they may have different brand names depending on where you are). These tests give you conclusive results at 3 months after exposure. Since you mentioned that your risk exposure was unprotected sex 2 years ago, if you take an HIV test now it will definitely give you *final results* that will let you know your HIV status *for sure*.

If you are regularly sexually active, we also strongly suggest people to set a regular routine for testing for HIV and STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections). Getting tested regularly and knowing your health is important for both you and your partner.

I'm glad that you contacted us about your concern and I hope that this information was helpful to you. If you are living in Canada, here is a link where you can find a testing location that is nearby your location: https://aso411.ca/

If you have any other questions, please visit our website (www.aidsvancouver.org) or contact again at our helpline.

All the best,

Risa, Helpline Volunteer

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

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