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Hi I need some advice maybe clarity mote than anything. I completed several antibody test at home kits including weeks 11 , 12, 14 and also took a hiv 1 &2 ab and p24 ag ( rapid onsite and lab) at private clinic at 14 weeks. All test have come up negative to date. However symptoms such as left side ear and jaw ache and swelling in neck area persist . I am awaiting further investigation for these symptoms from my GP including further blood work. Is there a possibility that exposure was missed by one these test? Is the window period sufficient for a true negative result?
Hi thanks for your question. HIV tests done today are extremely accurate. If a test was done following the 3 month window period, it should be considered accurate and conclusive. If it says you are negative, then you can take that as true. The symptoms you are experience could be due to a range of things, so it’s good that you are seeing a GP to explore them further. If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to get in touch.
I'm a gay health care provider on a working visa. Am I eligible for prep through ACON
Hi, thanks for your question. In terms of accessing PrEP in NSW, the primary way that gay men get it is through the EPIC-NSW study, which is funded by the NSW government. To enrol in the study and receive free PrEP you need to meet the eligibility criteria. Not all gay men meet these criteria. You do not need to be an Australian citizen to enrol in the study, so if you are eligible you can still be enrolled on a working visa. To find out more about EPIC-NSW, visit: https://epic-nswstudy.org.au/ If you are not eligible, another option is to import PrEP from overseas. To do this you’ll need a prescription from an Australian doctor, and will then need to go to an online pharmacy and pay for the PrEP yourself (it costs around $30-$40 per month). To find out more about self-importation, visit: http://pan.org.au/ If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to get in touch.
In 2016 I had a potential exposure to HIV (unknown status). After roughly 6-7 weeks I got tested at an Atest center. The rapid test and all the tests following that came back negative. Is there a need to be tested again?
Hi, thanks for your question. HIV generally has a window period of up to 3 months with the rapid test that is performed at aTEST. The blood test that the nurse would have performed after the rapid test has a slightly shorter window period of up to 6 weeks. A test result from this particular test, 6-7 weeks after a potential exposure, should be considered accurate and conclusive. If it says you are negative, then you can take that as true. However, getting a negative test result in the past definitely does not protect you from contracting STIs (including HIV) in the future, so getting tested regularly is a good idea if you’re having any type of sex. It’s best to get tested at least two to four times a year (more often if you are having a lot of sex). If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to get in touch!
I received oral sex in north africa. I had a negative 4th gen (lab) test at 10 weeks along with std panel. The 4th gen test does not have an hiv-2 antigen test. Should i be worried about hiv 2? Had a coating on my tounge (not thrush) for months.
Hi, thanks for your question. In terms of HIV risk, oral sex is considered safe. This is because saliva is not a fluid that can transmit HIV. So you do not need to be concerned about this particular encounter in terms of HIV. Other STIs can be transmitted via oral sex, so it’s a good idea to get tested regularly for all STIs if you are having any kind of sex. As for the coating on your tongue, this could be related to any number of things. It’s best to discuss this with a doctor. If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to get in touch!
Can I get hiv if I received oral from a detectable hiv person if she only pulled my penis and spat on it?
Hi, thanks for your question. In terms of HIV risk, what you have described is not a risk for HIV. This is because saliva is not a fluid that can transmit HIV. For HIV transmission to occur, fluid containing the virus (such as blood or semen) needs to enter your bloodstream. If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to get in touch.
He is a positive person. One month ago, he hugged me and kissed my neck and chest. I saw some bruising with very small scratch on my body on the next day. They might occurred during hugging although we did not take off shirt. No visible bleeding was seen from small scratch. I am not sure that the scratch had contact with his saliva and not sure his saliva contained blood. Can I get hiv from him? I am very anxious about it! Thawka
Hi, thanks for your question. What you have described in definitely not risky in terms of HIV. HIV cannot be transmitted via skin to skin contact or by saliva. For HIV transmission to occur, fluid containing the virus (such as blood or semen) needs to enter your bloodstream. It is therefore definitely not possible to get HIV from touching, kissing and hugging! In fact, I would encourage you to hug and kiss people living with HIV (if they want to of course)! It’s also important to remember that most HIV positive people in Australia are on treatment. Most people on treatment have what we call an undetectable viral load (UVL). This means that the amount of virus in their system is so low that it cannot be detected by standard tests. It also means that they are not able to pass on the virus to others. UVL is considered a form of safe sex because HIV transmission does not occur if a person is undetectable. To find out more about UVL, you can visit: https://endinghiv.org.au/treat-early/about-undetectable/ If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to get in touch!
i did unprotected vaginal sex with one woman before 2 years who hiv status in unknown. Since then i do not have any flu symptoms , no weight loss , no skin rash. I do not have any cut or open sores in penis. What are the chances og getting hiv from female to male
Hi, thanks for your question. In terms of HIV risk, what you have described is low risk for HIV. However, if you have been having sex it’s important to get tested every 6-12 months (more if you are having a lot of sex). To find out more about where to get tested, you can call the Sexual Health Infolink on 1800 451 624. If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to get in touch!
I'm just wondering I'm on the prep now then I would like to get prep but I forgot how to get it again! Can u just let me know what how do i get it? Thanks 🙂
Hi, thanks for your question. There are a few ways to access PrEP in NSW. Most people are currently accessing PrEP through the EPIC-NSW Study. To access free PrEP through the study you need to meet the eligibility criteria. To find out more about the study you can visit: https://epic-nswstudy.org.au/. You can also find out more by calling the Sexual Health Infolink on 1800 451 624. If you don’t meet the eligibility criteria, you can also buy PrEP online with a prescription from an Australian doctor for around $40 per month (depending on pharmacy). Visit http://pan.org.au/ for more advice on how and where to order PrEP online. Last week it was announced that PrEP would be listed on the PBS and would soon be available in Australian pharmacies for a subsidised price (around $40 per month). It’s not known yet when exactly this will be, but it should be soon – keep an eye on Ending HIV’s Facebook page for updates! If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to get in touch!
Hi, I’m a male, I received oral sex from a woman in thailand a month ago, I cummed in her mouth but she brushed her teeth before and after oral sex! is there any possibility of me getting HIV?!
Hi, thanks for your question. Receiving oral sex is not considered a risk for acquiring HIV. For HIV transmission to occur, fluid containing the virus needs to enter your bloodstream. With what you have described, this is not possible. However, it is possible to get other STIs. But these are all super easy to treat! It’s a good idea to get tested at least twice a year, or if you develop any symptoms or are concerned. You can find out about where to get tested by calling the Sexual Health Infolink on 1800 451 624. If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to get in touch