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URGENT: Hi there, I’m in Madrid on holiday and last night all my luggage with PREP inside was stolen. How do I get PREP overseas? Apparently it’s not available in Spain yet 🙁 Thanks, Daniel

Hi Daniel, thanks for your question and sorry to hear about your luggage! Laws around the purchase and/or importation of PrEP change quickly and vary greatly depending on the country you are in and unfortunately we are not sure of the specific regulations in place in Spain. According to PrEPWatch.com, both generic and brand-name PrEP is available (https://www.prepwatch.org/spain/), however it is unclear whether it is only available through trials or whether it is available for private purchase. Depending on how long you are in Spain, it may be worthwhile speaking to a local doctor about your options accessing PrEP there. Local AIDS organisations may also be of assistance. If you are unable to get PrEP while you are in Spain, condoms are readily available and offer great protection against HIV and STIs. If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to get in touch.

HELLO I’d like to know where to purchase prep

Hi, thanks for your question. If you are based in Australia, accessing PrEP is super easy! All you need to do is go to a doctor or sexual health clinic and request a prescription for PrEP. They will most likely ask you some questions about your sexual history and will also perform some blood tests (including an HIV test). Once you have the script you can purchase the medicine. If you have Medicare, you have two options. You can either purchase it from a local pharmacy for around $39 per month, or you can order it online and have it shipped to you (prices fluctuate but usually around $20 per month). This is called personal importation. You can find out about ordering PrEP online via www.pan.org.au. If you do not have Medicare, you will need to use the latter personal importation method as purchasing from a local pharmacy is only an option for those with Medicare. You will need to return every three months for regular STI testing and to get another three month script. If based outside Australia, its best to speak to a local doctor about your options with getting on PrEP in your country. If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to get in touch!

How long does the rapid testing appointment take?

Hi, thanks for your question. An appointment at one of our a[TEST] rapid HIV testing sites will only take around 30 minutes, including getting the result of your rapid HIV test. You can find more information about the service and book a test at a[TEST] here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/book-a-test/

The early hiv symptoms, does it occurs at once or once in a while

Hi, thanks for your question. In terms of the symptoms of HIV, these can manifest in a variety of ways and will not be the exact same experience for every person. For some people, there is one period where symptoms are present, for others it is recurring, and some people will experience no symptoms at all after becoming HIV positive. If you are concerned about any symptoms you may be experiencing, it’s best to speak to a doctor or visit a sexual health clinic. If based in NSW, you can call the Sexual Health Infolink on 1800 451 624 to ask questions and/or find your nearest sexual health centre. If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to get in touch!

My mom is 34 years old and my father is 40 years old, recently they tested for HIV and it is found positive and the treatment has started...... Will they be fine? How many years they will live??Please say me

Hi, thanks for your question. HIV treatments are very effective these days and most people living with HIV who are on treatment are able to live long, happy and fulfilled lives. There is lots of misinformation on the internet, so if you are anxious or concerned about their health or wellbeing, it’s best to speak to a trusted doctor, nurse or sexual health counselor who can give you accurate information and provide support. Doing your own research can sometimes be helpful, however because of all the misinformation that is out there, often doing this can cause more anxiety or stress. Speaking with professionals and/or talking with your parents directly about any fears you might have is always best. If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Hi, I would like to know in which practices in perth 4th generation hiv duo test.

Ending HIV is a NSW based HIV initiative by ACON, so to find out information about HIV testing in Western Australia we’d suggest you get in touch with the Western Australia AIDS Council (https://waaids.com/contact-us.html) for specific advice on HIV testing locations near Perth.

Hello. First sorry for my bad english. Thanks a lot for your help. I recieved oral sex from a girl in brazil 5 month ago that i don't know she have hiv or not. After 5 month i gave hiv ab (elaisa) 4th gen and the result is negative . But i have some ulcer in my mouth and in blood test my (wbc) white blood cells is high. Please tell me am i in hiv risk !?

Hi, thanks for your question. In terms of HIV risk, receiving oral sex is safe. For HIV transmission to occur, fluid containing enough of the virus (such as blood or semen) needs to enter your bloodstream. Saliva is not a fluid that transmits HIV, so receiving oral sex is safe. As well as this, a HIV test 5 months after the encounter can be considered accurate and conclusive. If it says that you are negative, you can take that to be true. The ulcer in your mouth and the white blood cell count could be due to a range of things. It’s best to speak to a doctor if you have concerns about these symptoms. If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Hllo sir one month ago I went to a massage parlor and had a body to body massage at that time I just licked her nipples ......So after few days I had stomach upset ...So I'm worried about my HIV risk ? Does licking nipples will transmit HIV (there was no fluids and I'm not sure wether she is HIV positive)

Hi, thanks for your question. In terms of HIV risk, what you have described is definitely no risk for HIV. HIV cannot be transmitted from saliva or skin to skin contact. So things like kissing and touching nipples are 100% safe. In terms of your upset stomach, this was almost definitely unrelated and could be due to a range of things. It’s best to speak to a doctor about this. If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Hi, im male 26. I had condom slipped when penetrating to a woman whom i dont know her status. FYI I'm circumcise. Had 14,21,45,56 days post exposure elisa test -ve, had 23 days post exposure rna pcr test -ve, had 65 days post exposure duo test -ve, is it conclusive? Or i must retest at 12 weeks mark?

Hi, thanks for your question. Because we do not know the specific HIV tests that were done, we would recommend getting testing again at the 12 week mark if you are still concerned. HIV has a window period of up to 3 months and while some tests can detect the virus prior to 12 weeks, without knowing the specific tests performed, we cannot advise properly. The PCR RNA test has a window period of up to 4 weeks, however this was performed on you after 3 weeks. We would also recommend speaking to a doctor or sexual health nurse about this, as they will also be able to discuss with you in more detail. If you are based in NSW, you can call the Sexual Health Infolink on 1800 451 624 to speak to a nurse. You also mentioned five HIV tests over eight weeks, potentially indicating a high level of anxiety. While it is good to be knowledgeable about risks associated with HIV, if you find your anxiety related to HIV transmission becoming unmanageable, talk to your doctor about these feelings. A referral to a counselling service can go a long way in unpacking stress related to HIV transmission. If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to get in touch!