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Hi there, I\'ve participated in mutual masterbation with2 different guys at different times. My concern is that I have HSV1 and I don\'t recall having a severe outbreak- what is my hiv risk? Also my gums bleed abit and I deep kissed these guys- risk? I appreciate you helping out this insanely anxious guy!
Hi. What you've described doesn't sound like a risk for HIV. HIV can't be transmitted through masturbation. It also can't be transmitted through things like kissing, massage, handjobs, or hugging. If you are anxious about particular event, it may be worth having a chat to a doctor at a sexual health clinic or a doctor that specialises in sexual health to have a chat about your concerns, so they can put your mind at ease. You can search for clinics in your area on our website here: http://endinghiv.org.au/au/where-to-test/
Hi, I have a question regarding a HIV duo test taken at 48 days post exposure. The result of the 4th generation duo test was negative, but still I am worried the test may not have picked up HIV. I understand that the test looks for p24 and antibodies. So, my question is, at 48 days would there be sufficient levels of p24 or antibodies to be picked up by the test? Also, have you heard of any cases where an individual tests negative at 6/7 weeks and positive at 12 weeks? Thanks
Hello. We aren't doctors here, so can't comment on specific tests, but we can say that here in Australia, most laboratory tests (where blood is drawn and sent by your doctor to the laboratory) use 4th generation lab tests that test for both antibodies to HIV and antigen (the virus itself), and can detect if someone has HIV within 6 weeks of exposure. Rapid HIV tests, and some laboratory tests that use older technology, can take up to three months. This time for a test to be able to detect HIV is called the window period. For a negative result, if you have been tested after the window period of that particular test, and you have had no other risks for HIV in that time, it would be considered a negative result. You would need to check with your doctor what the window period is for the for the test that was used.
Hi I was tested last approx 10 months ago with a negative result, about 2 moths ago I engaged in receiving oral sex from a man who I\'ve just found out has HIV. I didn\'t even cum at the time and there was no anal penetration- I am in the process of being tested again but I\'m terrified that either I may have contracted something from him or vice versa as I don\'t know how long ago he was tested or how long this person he knows he\'s had HIV
Oral sex is considered to be very low risk for HIV transmission. There is potentially a risk to the person performing oral sex if they have abrasions or ulcers in their mouths, or an STI in their throat, and this is increased if they get cum in their mouth. However, we are not aware of any documented cases of HIV transmission to the person receiving oral sex, as you did. Other STIs can be transmitted during oral sex. We would always recommend anyone that is sexually active to get regular tests for all STIs (including HIV), just to be part of a ongoing routine. But remember, what you described does not sound like a risk for HIV.
Hi guys. Recently I engaged in mutual masturbation several times. We didn\'t ejaculate however, we were masturbating each other. I am afraid if the other guys had precum/blood/sperm on their hand and it transferred to my penis when they were masturbating me. Is there any risks for HIV? Because HIV is transferred through bodily fluid right? Is there any risk? Do i need to get testing due to this? Also, a guy put his finger between my butt cheeks. He didn\'t reach the anus, but just insert one finger between my butt cheeks. Is there any risks for HIV transmission? I am afraid if his finger had blood or cum. His hand was outside before that. After he did that, I quickly pulled up my pants. Please access my risk. I am so scared that I have been thinking about suicide,
Hi. We aren’t doctors here, but based on what you’ve said, this would not be a risk for HIV. HIV can be passed on through bodily fluids (if the person is HIV positive), but these fluids need to be able to enter another person’s bloodstream (such as through anal or vaginal sex without a condom). If you remain worried, you could get an HIV test if you think it would help put you mind at ease. You can search for testing services in your area here: http://endinghiv.org.au/au/where-to-test/ But remember this would be just to put you mind at ease, not because what you’ve described would be a risk for HIV. You could also talk to the doctor about your fears. If you are thinking about suicide, you can contact QLife, a telephone and online counselling and referral service for LGBTI people. It operates 3:00pm to midnight every day in each state around Australia. You can contact QLife at https://qlife.org.au/ or call 1800 184 527, during these times. For outside of these times, you can call Lifeline Australia on 13 11 24. This is an Australian service that provides people having a personal crisis with support and suicide prevention services. The phone number operates 24 hours a day. More information about Lifeline Australia can be found here: https://www.lifeline.org.au/ You can also call a Suicide Callback Service on 1300 659 467.
I have done hiv serology testing on day 25 and 44. Both came as negative. I hope the second test is cmia type. How confident I can be about the negative result.
Hello. We aren't doctors here, so can't comment on specific tests, but we can say that here in Australia, most laboratory tests (where blood is drawn and sent by your doctor to the laboratory) use 4th generation lab tests that test for both antibodies to HIV and antigen (the virus itself), and can detect if someone has HIV within 6 weeks of exposure. Rapid HIV tests, and some laboratory tests that use older technology, can take up to three months. This time for a test to be able to detect HIV is called the window period. For a negative result, if you have been tested after the window period of that particular test, and you have had no other risks for HIV in that time, it would be considered a negative result. You would need to check with your doctor what the window period is for the for the test that was used.
I am a gay HIV positive and Chinese citizen, can I get medical treatments in MEL? Where should I go for help?
Hi. To ask about options for getting treatments in Melbourne, you would be best to speak to Living Positive Victoria. Their contact details are on their website here: http://livingpositivevictoria.org.au/contact-us/
Hi once again thanks for your services I am passing through deep trouble I have performed oral sex with male sex worker and it was unprotected I receive oral from him then I performed anal with condom after 1 week feeling fever my arm skin is burning feeling hot but temp is normal plz help me
Hi. We aren't doctors here so can't comment on specific symptoms you may have. You would need to speak to your doctor about these. But we can say that oral sex is considered to be very low risk for HIV transmission. There is potentially a risk to the person performing oral sex if they have abrasions or ulcers in their mouths, or an STI in their throat, and this is increased if they get cum in their mouth. However, this is still classed as a low risk. And we are not aware of any documented cases of HIV transmission to the person receiving oral sex. And if you had anal sex with a condom, this would be classed as safe for HIV.
Hi I have done unprotected oral and protected anal with guy of unknown status now I am feeling fever headache tested but it is showing negative
Oral sex is considered to be very low risk for HIV transmission. There is potentially a risk to the person performing oral sex if they have abrasions or ulcers in their mouths, or an STI in their throat, and this is increased if they get cum in their mouth. However, this is still classed as a low risk. And if you had protected sex, this wouldn't be classed as a risk for HIV. For HIV tests, it can take some time for a test to detect HIV if someone has become HIV positive. This time is called the window period. Here in Australia, most laboratory tests (where blood is drawn and sent by your doctor to the laboratory) use 4th generation lab tests that test for both antibodies to HIV and antigen (the virus itself), and can detect if someone has HIV within 6 weeks of exposure. Rapid HIV tests, and some laboratory tests that use older technology, can take up to three months. But remember, oral sex is classed as a very low risk and protected anal sex wouldn't be classed as a risk for HIV.
Hello, may i know is a negative HIV test (4th Gen rapid test) conclusive at day 60?
Here in Australia, most laboratory tests (where blood is drawn and sent by your doctor to the laboratory) use 4th generation lab tests that test for both antibodies to HIV and antigen (the virus itself), and can detect if someone has HIV within 6 weeks of exposure. Rapid HIV tests, and some laboratory tests that use older technology, can take up to three months. This time for a test to be able to detect HIV is called the window period. For a negative result, if you have been tested after the window period of that particular test, and you have had no other risks for HIV in that time, it would be considered a negative result. You would need to check with your doctor what the window period is for the for the test that was used.
If I was to receive a handjob and women\'s menstral blood came into contact with my penis during the handjob am I at risk of catching HIV and the like?
Hi. This is a site for gay men and other men who have sex with men, so you are best to speak to your doctor about this. We do know that HIV can be found in menstrual blood, if the person is HIV positive, but you would need to check with your doctor about if this particular situation would be a risk.
I had a heterosexual encounter with a high risk woman and have been tested at 8 weeks (antibody only) and 11 weeks (p24 ab/ ag), but com to understand that the antigen part of the test is meaningless at this point. My question is two-fold. 1. Can I assume that I\'m out of the woods or do I need to be tested again? 2. Has anyone converted at the 11 week marker to 12 weeks. I also want to mention that I do take an injection of a biologic every 2 weeks and there seems to be some confusion whether or not that would also effect the results. Any information you can provide would be helpful. Thank you, Anonymous
Hi. Although this is a website for men who have sex with men, we can say that here in Australia, most laboratory tests (where blood is drawn and sent by your doctor to the laboratory) use 4th generation lab tests that test for both antibodies to HIV and antigen (the virus itself), and can detect if someone has HIV within 6 weeks of exposure. Some laboratory tests that use older technology (and test for only antibodies), and rapid HIV tests and can take up to three months. For a negative result, if you have been tested after the window period of that particular test, and you have had no other risks for HIV in that time, it would be considered a negative result. You would need to check with your doctor which test they used and the window period of that test. We aren’t doctors here, so can’t give medical advice, so you would also need to check with you doctor about if anything would affect the results.
Hi, during the last 5 months have been a short relationship with an unknown status woman, in this period I had 2 times unprotected vaginal sex and non protected oral for multiple times, the test reference to unprotected vaginal. I have been very worried and even before the end of the relationship I tested (anticorps and antigen) after 7 weeks of the first exposure. I tested again 12 weeks after the first exposure but only 4 weeks after the second and again two days before making the 6 weeks of the second exposure! At this point can I forget this and move with my life? I have been very worried whatever I have, headache, muscular pain I always relate it to HIV.
Hi. Although this is a website for men who have sex with men, we can say that here in Australia, most laboratory tests (where blood is drawn and sent by your doctor to the laboratory) use 4th generation lab tests that test for both antibodies to HIV and antigen (the virus itself), and can detect if someone has HIV within 6 weeks of exposure. Some laboratory tests that use older technology (and test for only antibodies), and rapid HIV tests and can take up to three months. We aren’t doctors here so we can’t give medical advice. So you would need to check with your doctor about which test they used and the window period of that test, and if they think you need a further test.
What are the main drugs used in PrEP (is it only Tenofovir & Emtricitabine only?)? What are the main drugs used in PEP? Does it differs from PrEP?
Hi. The drug approved for PrEP (Pre_Exposure Prophylaxis) is Truvada, and the active ingredients in this are Tenofovir & Emtricitabine. This is currently the only drug approved for this use. Here in Australia, when someone is prescribed PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis), they may be prescribed two drugs, and these two drugs may be Tenofovir & Emtricitabine as in Truvada for example, or they may others. And the person may be also be prescribed a third drug, depending on their risk. For more information about PEP, you can visit www.getpep.info
hi, i had unprotected sex with an ambiguous girl. Then I went for testing at 28, 33, 42, 55 and 60 days after exposure, all with 4th generation testing and the result were all negative. May I know if those results were trustworthy? Moreover after the risk at about 2 weeks I had dengue fever which i was required to take medication, may i know if those medication might have affected to my result?
Hi. Here in Australia, most laboratory tests (where blood is drawn and sent by your doctor to the laboratory) use 4th generation lab tests that test for both antibodies to HIV and the virus itself, and can detect if someone has HIV within 6 weeks of exposure. Some laboratory tests that use older technology (and test for only antibodies), and rapid HIV tests and can take up to three months. This time for a test to be able to detect HIV is called the window period. For a negative result, if you have been tested after the window period of that particular test, and you have had no other risks for HIV in that time, it would be considered a negative result. You would need to check with your doctor which test they used and the window period of that test. We aren't doctors here, so we can't provide medical advice, so you would need to check with your doctor about dengue fever.
I had a high risk unprotected sex with a guy and found out he got hiv. I was so stressful . I got 1st test at 8 weeks with a negative result by 4th generaton . A second test taken at 10 weeks show out negative. But i am still scare and worry. Do i need to get another test at 12 weeks.
Hi. Here in Australia, most laboratory tests (where blood is drawn and sent by your doctor to the laboratory) use 4th generation lab tests that test for both antibodies to HIV and the virus itself, and can detect if someone has HIV within 6 weeks of exposure. Some laboratory tests that use older technology (and test for only antibodies), and rapid HIV tests and can take up to three months. This time for a test to be able to detect HIV is called the window period. For a negative result, if you have been tested after the window period of that particular test, and you have had no other risks for HIV in that time, it would be considered a negative result. You would need to check with your doctor which test they used and the window period of that test.
I had a second hiv test in 10 weeks by 4th generatio . A result show out negative . Is it conclivive yet or do i need to get another at 12 weeks
Hi. Here in Australia, most laboratory tests (where blood is drawn and sent by your doctor to the laboratory) use 4th generation lab tests that test for both antibodies to HIV and the virus itself, and can detect if someone has HIV within 6 weeks of exposure. Some laboratory tests that use older technology (and test for only antibodies), and rapid HIV tests and can take up to three months. This time for a test to be able to detect HIV is called the window period. For a negative result, if you have been tested after the window period of that particular test, and you have had no other risks for HIV in that time, it would be considered a negative result. You would need to check with your doctor which test they used and the window period of that test.
deep kissing and HIV
HIV can't be transmitted through kissing. It also can't be transmitted through things like massage, masturbation, handjobs, or hugging.
Hi, I had four protected sex with CSW oversea 4 weeks ago, I had a laverty HIV/STD and allergy test requested by doctor on the 10 days of last encounter, it all came out negative. But now I am experience little sore neck and tiny bump on my lip, would I getting any other test done?
If you had protected sex, this wouldn't be considered a risk for HIV, but it's always a good idea for people who are sexually active to have regular tests for all STIs (including HIV) anyway, but just to be part of a ongoing routine. In terms of testing for HIV, the time for a test to be able to detect HIV is called the window period, and this window period can vary depending on the test. We aren't doctors here, so can't comment on specific tests or symptoms, but we can say that here in Australia, most laboratory tests (where blood is drawn and sent by your doctor to the laboratory) use 4th generation lab tests that test for both antibodies to HIV and the virus itself, and can detect if someone has HIV within 6 weeks of exposure. Some laboratory tests that use older technology (and test for only antibodies), and rapid HIV tests and can take up to three months. You would need to check with your doctor which test they used and the window period of that test. For a negative result, if you have been tested after the window period of that particular test, and you have had no other risks for HIV in that time, it would be considered a negative result. If you have symptoms you are concerned about, it would be best to speak to your doctor.
I had unprotected intercourse 6 months ago I tested all sTls included hiv 3 months mark and 6 months mark tests all negative But I still have symptoms my question is? Do I need another test or this test is conclusive thank you
Hi. In Australia, most laboratory tests (where blood is drawn and sent by your doctor to the laboratory) use 4th generation lab tests that test for both antibodies to HIV and the virus itself, and can detect if someone has HIV within 6 weeks of exposure. Some laboratory tests that use older technology (and test for only antibodies), and rapid HIV tests and can take up to three months. This time for a test to be able to detect HIV is called the window period. For a negative result, if you have been tested after the window period of that particular test, and you have had no other risks for HIV in that time, it would be considered a negative result. If you have symptoms you are concerned about, it would be best to speak to your doctor.
Two weeks ago I was anally penetrated, momentarily, by about 1-2inches, unprotected- and completely by surprise. I freaked and went to the ED an hour later and started PEP (truvada). One week ago the other guy tested positive to HIV (apparently was negative on previous test 3 months earlier) What are the chances of me contracting HIV from this very brief encounter? Really stressed about the whole thing.
Hi. We aren't doctors so we can't give specific medical advice in terms of the chances of acquiring HIV from the encounter, although as you say it was only very brief. But it's great that you've started PEP so quickly. For PEP to be effective it needs to be started within 72 hours (within 24 hours is best), and taken for the full 28 days, so you've got onto that really quickly. For more info about PEP you can visit http://getpep.info/. If you are anxious about things, and want to about the chances of acquiring HIV from the encounter, you could talk to your doctor or a sexual health clinic. Or if you want to speak to someone about how you're feeling about it, you could speak to Q Life: www.qlife.org.au Free call: 1800 184 527, or contact your local organisations for support or referrals at www.endinghiv.org.au/au/aids-councils/

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