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Can I have a baby if i have a undectable hiv level

Hi, thanks for your question. People living with HIV are definitely able to have children. HIV treatment these days is very effective at preventing transmission from mother to child. Similarly, if you are a man with an undetectable viral load, there is no real risk of passing HIV to your partner or the child. It’s super, super important to discuss HIV treatment with your doctor if you are planning on getting pregnant. 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 Japan a month ago, I cummed in her mouth. That was all we did. About 4 days ago, I started to have rash on the back of my left foot, it was itchy, then It got better. Then 2 days ago I got rash on my left hand. Apart from these, everything is fine. Is there any possibility of me getting hiv?

Hi, thanks for your question. In terms of HIV risk, what you have described is safe. Oral sex is generally considered safe. For HIV transmission to occur, fluid (such as semen or blood) containing the virus needs to enter your bloodstream. In practice, this cannot really occur with oral sex, especially if you are receiving the blow job. Saliva is not a fluid that can transmit HIV. In terms of the rash, your best bet would be to get it checked out by a GP! It’s extremely unlikely that it has anything to do with this sexual encounter. If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Had unprotected sex (I'm female) Saturday with man who told me on Monday is hiv+. He didn't ejaculate and I went to hospital and started PEP at approx 48hours. I'm extremely worried, anxious depressed. I have two young children and single parent. What is chance of transmission from this?

Hi, thanks for your question and sorry to hear that you are going through this stressful time. It’s good to hear that you were able to get on PEP within the 72 hour time frame. When taken within 72 hours, PEP is very, very effective at preventing HIV transmission. Unfortunately, there aren’t exact figures to give you, but you have done everything you can to prevent HIV transmission potentially occurring, so that is good. It’s totally understandable that you would be feeling a lot of different emotions while you are taking your course of PEP. Because you got onto PEP quickly, it is unlikely that HIV transmission will occur. In the meantime however, it’s important to remember that you will definitely continue to lead a healthy and happy life, regardless of the outcome. HIV is a very manageable illness, and the treatments available today mean that people living with HIV in Australia have the same life expectancies as everybody else. Most people living with HIV who are on treatment are unable to pass the virus onto anyone else, because the medications we have today are so effective. Your immune system would continue to be strong and healthy, and your children would not be exposed to HIV. It also may be a good idea to talk to someone about how you are feeling, and any anxieties you might have. It’s a good idea to stay away from online forums or articles, as there is a lot of misinformation on the internet. It’s best to speak to sexual health professionals. Many sexual health clinics have very knowledgeable counsellors available to talk with about these issues. Sexual Health Infolink can refer you to services near you. The Infolink number is 1800 451 624. As I mentioned, PEP is an amazing medication that is very effective, so just keep that at the front of your mind. You got on it quickly, which increases its effectiveness even more . We give it out for a reason, and it has prevented many, many HIV transmissions in the past. If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Hy i wanna ask about fee if am infected by HIV when am get a test. Am Indonesian, then am Working Holiday here. Its to expensive for a treatment and medicine.

Hi, thanks for your question. It’s super important to maintain your testing regimen while you’re in Australia. We recommend getting tested every 3-6 months. In terms of cost, there are many options to get tested for HIV and other STIs for free, with or without Medicare. aTEST is a great sexual health service that offers free HIV testing to gay and bi men. You don’t need to Medicare, and it is entirely confidential. To find out more about aTEST or to book a test visit: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/book-a-test/. In the unlikely event that you were to contract HIV, you would NOT be deported. It’s important that you don’t let fears of being sent home stop you from getting tested regularly. As for treatment options for those living with HIV in Australia who are not citizens/don’t have access to Medicare, there are options available for these folks to get free or subsidised medications on compassionate grounds. If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to get in touch!

If i took pep drugs at 7 .00 pm .so should i take next dose on same time

Hi, thanks for your question. It’s important that you take PEP as prescribed by your doctor. Prescription medications like PEP should have instructions on how often to take the medication. It is important to take PEP in the right way, to give PEP the best chance of working. If you are unsure of when to take your PEP, you should discuss this with the doctor who prescribed it to you, or contact the sexual health clinic where you were given PEP. If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to get in touch!

I am a top, what risk am I at when penetrating a bottom on Prep that has semen from a previous lover inside him.

Hi, thanks for your question. In terms of HIV risk from the partner who is taking PrEP, there is no risk for HIV. PrEP is very effective at preventing HIV, so if this partner is taking PrEP, there is no risk to you. PrEP, however, doesn’t protect you from STIs. If a guy you are fucking has cum in his arse, and you fuck him without a condom, the risk is next to none. While there may be a small theoretical risk of transmission, in the real world this is not how HIV is transmitted. If you are having group sex or sex with a lot of partners, it’s a good idea to get tested regularly. aTEST is a great service for us to get tested by peers (other gay and bi men). It’s fast, free and confidential. To book a test or find out more visit: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/book-a-test/. If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Hi i had a protected sex on nov 21 with csw but after 5 days got swollen lymo nodes under my jaw.I went on a panic state took test in melbourne pathology Hiv Ab/Ag test was negative and then took again after 23 days same test negative.Can i consider it conclusive and What generation of hiv test is used in Australia?

Hi, thanks for your question. In terms of HIV risk, having protected sex with a condom is considered safe for HIV transmission, regardless of who you had sex with. Condoms act as a physical barrier for fluid that can transmit HIV. Unless the condom broke or slipped off, there is no risk for HIV. In terms of what tests are used for HIV in Australia, it depends on where you get tested, however testing will generally be 3rd or 4th generation. If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to get in touch!

I had a 4th generation test after 3 weeks and 5 days after possible exposure to hiv, would tgisvgive me an accurate result? I’m very anxious, confused and unable to sleep, as my doctor says it’s not worth taking the test. I did and it turned negative, but now I’m stilled stress due to my doctors opinion. Can you please help me out. Kind regards.

Hi, thanks for your question. 4th generation tests are very effective and can generally detect HIV after 1 month. If you are feeling very anxious about HIV, it might be good idea to talk to someone to alleviate some of your worries. Sexual Health Infolink is operated by sexual health nurses who can answer any specific questions or concerns you might have. They can also refer you to other services, such as sexual health counselling. You can contact them on 1800 451 624. If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Im a HIV Neg man, and the guy im dating is HIV undetectable, we have had safe sex the entire relationship i think its time we ditch the condoms in our relationship, with an undetectable viral load can he transmit HIV to me? Ive read countless information regarding this but dont fully understand

Hi, thanks for your question. You’re right, there is a lot of information out there on this topic (and lots of misinformation also)! It is widely recognised today that someone with an undetectable viral load, sustained for 6 months or more, cannot pass on HIV. Numerous studies have been published to support this. So, in regards to your situation, having sex without condoms is considered safe for HIV transmission if your partner is on treatment and is maintaining an undetectable viral load. You can find out more about UVL here: https://endinghiv.org.au/treat-early/about-undetectable/ If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch!