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HI 7 weeks back i had My condom EXPOSURE in Thailand and also received oral with out condom after COMING back to Australia i had 4th genration combo test after 4-7 weeks both tests came NEGATIVE but My Hepitais ( HBsAB) was 1000 iu/l And hepititas A antibody (total was detected) but my doctor told not to worry no need for further testing and this hepititas has nothing to do with sexual health it was BECAUSE of immune system so PLEASE help to reply me with ACCURATE answer.
Hi. We aren’t doctors here, so unfortunately we aren’t able to comment on specific test results or provide medical advice. If you have any questions about your test results, you would need to speak to your doctor. You can also search for other doctors and clinics here: http://endinghiv.org.au/au/where-to-test/
Hello, I had unprotected sex with someone who I highly suspect is HIV positive o. Three weeks after I developed swollen lymph nodes night sweats weight loss a rash and cold sores. Its been three months and I continue to test negative. What other std could cause my symptoms.
Hello. We aren't doctors here, so we can't comment on specific symptoms. 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. And if you are concerned about particular symptoms, you should discuss these with your doctor.
I\'m taking post exposure after I had unprotected sex with HIV positive person unaware of it,till we got tested by using home HIV test and found her positive and a day after that mistake I did consulted and putted into that treatment.so during that treatment I did had another incident a condom broke after it was only 5days left to finished wth that post exposure *supposed to be taken for 30days as the doc said*...my question is that is it a good idea take post exposure 60 days for me not to get infected?
Hi. This is something you should check with your doctor. The Australian national PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis) guidelines recommend that if there has been another potential risk for HIV while someone is taking PEP, it may be necessary to consider taking another full month of PEP from the last HIV exposure risk. You should speak to your doctor as soon as you can to see if they recommend taking another month of PEP.
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
I\'m 45 years old male. I got an injection for small throat problem twelve weeks back. In the third week after that I got intermittent and slight raise in body temperature especially in the evenings for four days. Climate also changed at that time to become cooler.On 24th day I noticed a small pea nut sized round pimple like thing on my penile ring.(no itch, no pain, same color like penis head, no puss also). It became small to a pepper size within a day and vanished in one week. For this I took Oflaxacin+Ornidzole tabs and Pnataprazole 40 mg tablets for a week. During the sixth week I got very much anxious and sleepless and got fatigue in day time especially after lunch. On 42nd day I noticed some rashes about 8 nos at the center of my chest (no itch no pain, pink to red in color barely or slightly raised and having a sharp pimple on each of them). They vanished in three days without any medications. I doubt the rashes might be present earlier as I couldn\'t notice due to the hairs in my chest. Are the above indicate symptoms of HIV ARS? (I ask this because I doubt the use unclean syringe during my injection. I\'m rfom India
Hi. We aren't doctors here, so we aren't able to give medical advice or comment on any specific symptoms you have had or treatments you have taken. If you are concerned, you should speak to your doctor.
Can a possible HIV infection impair the immune system enough in four months to cause an intestinal yeast infection? Also, could it cause a fever the same night, that lasted a day and a half and a bout of diarrhea six days later? My current symptoms have been mild constipation, decreased appetite, weird taste in mouth at times, mild tingling at times, yellowish stools that sink, a weird variation of insomnia that wakes me up every night between 3-5 AM and the back of tongue is whitish and a little bumpy looking at times.
In terms of the symptoms you’ve described, we are not doctors here so we can't comment on those specifically. However,we can say that if someone does contract HIV, shortly afterwards they may experience what is called a seroconversion illness, though not everyone gets it. It is a flu-like sickness, with symptoms that can range from mild to severe and may include fever, rashes, a sore throat, and swollen glands. Although it varies from person to person, if someone has these symptoms, they generally occur between 2 - 6 weeks after exposure to HIV. However, it is important to remember that these symptoms are also common to many other illnesses, such as the flu. If there is a particular risk event you are concerned about, getting tested is the best way to know or give you peace of mind. You can find places to get tested here in Australia at: http://endinghiv.org.au/au/where-to-test/
why pain after sex
Hi there. It would be best to speak to your doctor if you are having pain after sex.
I have a rash on my stomach thighs arms an I have no other symptoms of hiv and had given blood test came back negative could I still be hiv porti
If someone does contract HIV, shortly afterwards they may experience what is called a seroconversion illness, though not everyone gets it. It is a flu-like sickness, with symptoms that can range from mild to severe and may include fever, rashes, a sore throat, and swollen glands. Although it varies from person to person, if someone has these symptoms, they generally occur between 2 - 6 weeks after exposure to HIV. However, it is important to remember that these symptoms are also common to many other illnesses. HIV tests have what is called a window period. This is the time it can take from if someone becomes HIV positive to when the test can detect it, and this time can vary depending on the test. Here in Australia, most laboratory tests (where blood is sent by your doctor to the laboratory) can detect if someone has HIV within six weeks of exposure, but rapid HIV tests and some laboratory tests can take up to three months. So you would need to check what the window period is for the test you had. With a negative test 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.
1. Am i at Risk ? : I am an excessive nail bitter and occasionally peel the skin in an around my fingers...went to a shady msg place and got a handjob and fingered a prostitute..after she gave me a full body msg..how much of a risk was this ? Since then i have been worried sick about this and have gotten tiny air filled blisters on hands which then peel off resulting in peeling skin. and also itchy bumps on my body...first doctor said it was scabies and i got my self treated...after two months away from home i came back and again the same symptoms..this time another doctor said that it is not scabies but an allergic reaction...are these type of rashes and blisters consistent with acute hiv infection ? 2. Testing I have been so worried i have gotten 5 different tests in the past 4 months...at 1st 2nd and 3\'rd month got tested with SD Bioline Hiv 1/2 3.0 antibody rapid test..after 4 months from exposure got tested with Alere Determine HIV-1/2 Ag/Ab Combo rapid test...all tests negetive...even got an antibody test from a hospital in the 2nd month ..should i be worried further ? And also is it possible for ARS symptoms to occur after 4 months or persist for 4 months after exposure?
Although this is an Australian website for gay men and other men who have sex with men, what you’ve described doesn’t sound like a risk for HIV. Massage and handjobs would be considered safe for HIV. A person can only become infected with HIV if body fluids that contain HIV passes into their blood stream. So during fingering, there would need to be open cuts on your fingers to get access to your bloodstream for it to be even possible, and from what you described this doesn't sound like it was the case. Even if it was, it is still extremely unlikely. In terms of the symptoms you’ve described, we are not doctors here but what we can say that if someone does contract HIV, shortly afterwards they may experience what is called a seroconversion illness, though not everyone gets it. It is a flu-like sickness, with symptoms that can range from mild to severe and may include fever, rashes, a sore throat, and swollen glands. Although it varies from person to person, if someone has these symptoms, they generally occur between 2 - 6 weeks after exposure to HIV. However, it is important to remember that these symptoms are also common to many other illnesses, such as the flu. We can’t comment on specific tests from other countries but all HIV tests do have window periods (the time it can take from if someone becomes HIV positive to when the test can detect it), and this time can vary. Here in Australia, most laboratory tests (where blood is sent by your doctor to the laboratory) can detect if someone has HIV within six weeks of exposure, but rapid HIV tests and some laboratory tests can take up to three months (though many don't take this long). So it would be best to check what the window period for the tests you’ve had, but it sounds like you would be out of the window period now. However, remember that what you have described does not sound like a risk for HIV. If you are still concerned or anxious, you can talk to your doctor your concerns.
I\'m showing symptoms of having HIV, such as blisters on my lips and some in mouth, fever 107 at one point, dizzy, body aches, left gland swollen, headache, night sweats. Being that I have these symptoms would the HIV antibody test still have a window, or would I test positive if I had symptoms? Timeline- exposure:11-17 test:11-25 non reactive symptoms 11-20thru11-27
The window period of HIV tests is not affected by if someone may have particular symptoms or not. If someone does contract HIV, shortly afterwards they may experience what is called a seroconversion illness, though not everyone gets it. It is a flu-like sickness, with symptoms that can range from mild to severe and may include fever, rashes, a sore throat, and swollen glands. Although it varies from person to person, if someone has these symptoms, they generally occur between 2 - 6 weeks after exposure to HIV. However, it is also important to remember that these symptoms are also common to many other illnesses, such as the flu. The window periods of HIV tests can vary. Here in Australia, most laboratory tests (where blood is sent by your doctor to the laboratory) can detect if someone has HIV within six weeks of exposure, but rapid HIV tests and some laboratory tests can take up to three months (though many don't take this long). So it would be best to check with your doctor what the window period is for the test they use, and talk to them about when to test.
I recently had unprotected sex and later developed a cold sore for the first time I felt a bit nauseated i thought i was pregnant, but then i got my period. i realizesd before that i had a swollen lymph node under my armpit. i thought that was because of sharing my deoderant. About a week later my groin was swollen as well. i had fever for about a day and diahrrea for two that stopped after taking a pill. There was also a rash in my chest because i have eczema and it was in the summer i thought of it as nothing. i was feeling realling sleepy during the day and though that maybe because i have been up til 2 am in the morning it progresses for about 2 weeks. all these symptoms happened in a bout a moth all together.my daughter suck on my breast and said she got some milk she tio has eczema and had a fever about a 4 weejs after in her back no other symptoms. my boyfriend and i had sex about two weeks ago and now has a rash on his arm. he was in some bushes the day before the rash he has no other symptoms so far. Could this be hiv. i did a test at two weeks and again at 10 weeks thay are all negative. this is now the 13th week and i am hoping to get another test done. i am so depressed cant sleep at night feeling real guilty and scared at the same time. please give me your advice. thanks
I’m sorry to hear you’re having a bad time with this. As a website for gay men and other men who have sex with men though, we may not be able to give you all the information you need. Also, as we are not doctors here, we unfortunately can't comment on your symptoms specifically or what they could be. We can say that if someone does contract HIV, shortly afterwards they may experience what is called a seroconversion illness, though not everyone gets it. It is a flu-like sickness, with symptoms that can range from mild to severe and may include fever, rashes, a sore throat, and swollen glands. Although it varies from person to person, if someone has these symptoms they generally occur between 2 - 6 weeks after exposure to HIV. However, it is important to remember that these symptoms are also common to many other illnesses, such as the flu. In terms of testing, the window period of HIV tests (the time it can take from if someone becomes HIV positive to when the test can detect it) can vary. Here in Australia, most laboratory tests (where blood is sent by your doctor to the laboratory) can detect if someone has HIV within six weeks of exposure, but rapid HIV tests and some laboratory tests can take up to three months. So for peace of mind, it would be best to confirm with your doctor what the window period is for the test they are using. And if you receive a negative result and are outside of the window period (and haven’t had any other risk exposures in that time), you would be considered negative.
Where has the book a test feature gone?
Hi. Our apologies, we were having a temporary technical glitch with the website - this has now been rectified. You will now be able to access the pages as before.
am having a really bad on and off fever lost of appetite chills and headache. i did an hiv test about a week ago and it was negative what could be the cause of this?
If someone does contract HIV, shortly afterwards they may experience what is called a seroconversion illness, though not everyone gets it. It is a flu-like sickness, with symptoms that can range from mild to severe and may include fever, rashes, a sore throat, and swollen glands. Although it varies from person to person, if someone has these symptoms they generally occur between 2 - 6 weeks after exposure to HIV. However, it is important to remember that these symptoms are also common to other illnesses, such as the flu. So it may be worth going to your doctor and checking what else your symptoms could be from. If you are worried about a particular event where you think you might have been exposed to HIV, you can also have a chat to you doctor about if you would need another test.
I have a mate who is already on pep due to a very unlikely exposure (made up) and is continuing to btm without protection because he thinks he\'s quite safe. I\'m not an idiot and I\'m totally aware pep doesn\'t guarantee 100% protection, but I\'m curious as to know how well it would protect some one who was already or part way through a course if they were the btm and revived a undetectable viral load? I know he\'s a fool but it has peeked my interest.
Thanks for your inquiry The question is a very relevant one. The most common drug combination used for PEP (a 28-day course of HIV treatments taken after a specific exposure to HIV to prevent infection) is Truvada (i.e. tenofovir plus emtricitabine) which is also the same drug combination tested in most of the clinical trials as pre-exposure prophylaxis (also known as PrEP). PrEP is the term used to refer to HIV-negative people taking HIV treatments to reduce the risk of acquiring HIV, but taking these treatments on an ongoing basis. The recent guidelines from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention in the United States (2014) note that in the cells of the immune system and in vaginal tissues, it takes around 20 days before maximum drug levels are reached; in the rectum, maximum drug levels are achieved after 7 days; and it is not known how long it takes to achieve maximal protective levels in penile tissue, which is relevant to men practising insertive sex. We have adapted this same advice for people taking Truvada as PrEP in the demonstration projects in Australia. See also: http://vicprep.csrh.org/
Hi there, I had unsafe sex a bit more than 2 months ago. I made a test 3 weeks after that and ELISA was negative. I got sick and I re-tested again and W. Blot unfortunately showed I\'m HIV+. Due to results in the exam Doctor says that my infection was a few weeks ago. Do you know if PEP can work at this time?
Hi there. PEP is for people that think they may have been exposed to HIV, and needs to be taken within 72 hours of the event when they may have been exposed to help prevent them becoming infected with HIV. So unfortunately, PEP will not work after this time or once you have already been diagnosed with HIV. Your doctor may have already put you into contact with some support, but this website has some information and links to organisations that can provide resources and services to give you support if you would like, either now or down the track. Check out: www.endinghiv.org.au/support-for-diagnosed/
Does it mean that i have HIV because i had sex with more than 10 men and im gay?
The number of partners we have is a factor to consider when deciding how often to get tested. You can work out how often to test using the frequency calculator: www.endinghiv.org.au/test-frequency-calculator/ If you are unsure of your HIV status or you have had unprotected sex, it's important to get tested. For information on where you can get tested, check out: www.endinghiv.org.au/where-to-test/
Hi i met a random 11 nights ago, i heard she slept around,i was fairly drunk,i went down on her in the back seat then that was it, 1 week later my mouth is full of ulcers and bumps in my throat, throat isnt so much swallen just full of ulcers, i went to the doctor he done a swab test on me i have to go back in 3 days, at the moment im onto my 4th anti biotic tablet... Im obviosly worried iv caught something from her
Although this is a website for gay men and other men who have sex with men on HIV, we're not aware of what you've described as being a symptom of HIV or another STI specifically. However, the best thing to do if you're concerned is to check with your doctor and have tests if required, as you've done. They may also be able to talk to you about the symptoms you described and what they would indicate.
I have had sex with a prostitute at her house. The condom broke while I was in her. this was a week ago. Now I am so afraid of what might be. I have been reading so much about the early sign of infection that I might be imagining being sick, or just getting stressed as I got the sniffles and the herpes on my lip came back too. This must be the first stages of HIV, right? I am going to get tested, next week but the unknowing and the what if is killing me.
If someone contracts HIV, shortly afterwards they may experience what is called a seroconversion illness, a flu-like sickness (though not everyone gets it). Symptoms of this (which may range from mild to severe) may include fever, rashes, a sore throat, and swollen glands. Though these symptoms are also common to other illnesses such as the flu. Although it varies from person to person, if someone has these symptoms they generally occur between 2 - 6 weeks after exposure to HIV. If you're not comfortable talking to your doctor about sexual health or would like to see someone that specialises in sexual health, you can search for sexual health clinics in your area here: http://endinghiv.org.au/where-to-test/ (although this site is for gay men, the majority of clinics listed here see all clients). The doctor can also talk to you about the risk associated with the particular event you are concerned about, and also about the window periods of HIV tests (this is the time it can take from when someone becomes infected until a test can detect the infection). Regular testing for HIV and other STIs is always advisable for anyone that has been sexually active anyway, so you can talk to the doctor about that while you're there as well.
how long does it take to develop symptoms and what are common symptoms
Shortly after contracting HIV, a person may experience what is called a seroconversion illness, a flu-like sickness (though not everyone gets it). Symptoms of this (which may range from mild to severe) may include fever, rashes, a sore throat, and swollen glands. Though these symptoms are also common to other illnesses such as the flu. Although it varies from person to person, if someone has these symptoms they generally occur between 2 - 6 weeks after exposure to HIV. It is important to remember that not everyone develops symptoms, so the only way to know your HIV status is to get tested. You can search for clinics to get tested for HIV and other STIs at: www.endinghiv.org.au/where-to-test/ You can work out how often to get tested at: www.endinghiv.org.au/test-frequency-calculator/
Hi. I had a very sexual relationship with my previous Girlfriend and we had unprotected sex everytime. This relationship ended 2 years back. Since the past 3 to 4 months I have been unable to get over a cold and seems like my immune system is at its lowest. Could this be a sign of me having HIV. Should I get myself tested. it is starting to worry me
Shortly after contracting HIV, a person may experience what is called a seroconversion illness, a flu-like sickness (though not everyone gets it). Symptoms of this (which may range from mild to severe) may include fever, rashes, a sore throat, and swollen glands. Though these symptoms are also common to other illnesses such as the flu. Although it varies from person to person, if someone has these symptoms they generally occur between 2 - 6 weeks after exposure to HIV. However, if you have been unwell for a time, it may be a worth going to see your doctor generally anyway. Regular HIV and STI testing is always advisable for anyone that has been sexually active, so it may be a good idea to talk to your doctor about that while you're there as well. If you're not comfortable talking to your doctor about sexual health, you can search for sexual health clinics in your area here: http://endinghiv.org.au/where-to-test/ (although this site is for gay men, the majority of clinics listed here see all clients).

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