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Ending HIV is a sexual health campaign for gay, bisexual and other guys who have sex with guys, based in NSW, Australia. As such, we prioritise questions received in relation to these communities. If you are living overseas or in another state, there may be limits to the support we can provide. While our peers are highly knowledgeable, they can’t give specific medical advice. Whatever your concern, always seek the advice of a doctor or trained medical professional you trust.

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I am still having severe symptoms after 1 year and 10 months. My last negative was antibodies test at 7 months post possible contact. Is that accurate.

Hi there, thanks for your question. Your HIV test results are accurate and conclusive if you were tested outside of the window period (12 weeks after the potential exposure). This will not take into account if there has been a risk of transmission since then. If you’ve continued to be sexually active, you will need to get tested again. We recommend to people who are sexually active to get tested for HIV and STIs 4 times a year (every 3 months) with their doctor or local sexual health clinic. Considering you are experiencing symptoms, we'd recommend seeking the advice of a doctor to determine their cause. You can read more about HIV testing and the window period on our website here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/all-about-testing/

Hello , my body is burning inside face, joints, knees, upper back, neck and lower back. Could it be symptoms of HIV?

Hi there, thanks for your question. The symptoms you are describing could be caused by a number of different things, we'd suggest consulting with your doctor to determine their cause. You can read more about the symptoms of HIV here: https://endinghiv.org.au/blog/7-symptoms-of-hiv-early-stages/

Tested HIV negative after 4 weeks is it possible that when I take another test it could be positive?

Hi there, thanks for your question. It takes time for HIV to be detected in the body. Most people who’ve been exposed to HIV will test positive within one month after exposure, but a small number of people take up to three months. This period is known as ‘the window period’. The window period is the time between HIV infection and the production of antibodies; a lot of HIV transmission occurs because guys don’t know that they have HIV developing in the window period. So, if you test negative at three months after your potential exposure to HIV, it will almost always mean you do not have HIV, if there has been no risk of transmission in the meantime. However, if you’ve continued to be sexually active then you will need to get tested again. We always recommend confirming the window period of your tests with your provider. As you’ve been tested within the window period, you will need to get tested again after the period for a conclusive result for your HIV status. We recommend to people who are sexually active to get tested for HIV and STIs every 3 months with their doctor or local sexual health clinic. You can read more about HIV testing and the window period on our website here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/all-about-testing/

I recently had protected intercourse with a man I met in a sex venue. I was the top. I realised afterwards that there was a small leak in the condom when I filled it with water to test it. Later I noticed a very small mark on the head of my penis which I’m pretty sure was caused by the pin sized hole on the condom. I am confident both the opening to my urethra and my retracted foreskin were well covered by the mainly intact Condon. Despite this I commenced PEP at 22 hours post exposure. I remain extremely worried and am wondering whether the fact that only a very small surface are of the head of my penis was exposed will make the likelihood of contracting HIV more unlikely??

Hi there, thanks for your question. You've done the right thing by starting PEP within 72 hours of your potential exposure. PEP taken in this time should be effective at preventing HIV transmission. Considering the scenario you have described, risk of transmission is low, though if you find yourself feeling particularly anxious you can get in touch with the NSW Sexual Health Infolink on 1800 450 624 and speak with a sexual health nurse.

how long to test after pep. 3 months or 6 months?

Hi there, thanks for your question. Testing for HIV can be done after the window period, three months after a potential exposure, however as you are taking PEP we'd recommend speaking with your PEP provider to determine the optimal date for testing.

I had one exposure with condom I doubted is there condom break but I tested hiv 1 and 2 test in 2 weeks and after 5 months both are negative but I currently experiencing some red spots and fungal infection in my body. I worried lot. Please reply me can I test again or no need

Hi there, thanks for your question. Your HIV test results are accurate and conclusive as you were tested outside of the window period (12 weeks after the potential exposure). This will not take into account if there has been a risk of transmission since then. If you’ve continued to be sexually active, you will need to get tested again. We recommend to people who are sexually active to get tested for HIV and STIs every 3 months with their doctor or local sexual health clinic. Considering you are experiencing a fungal infection and other symptoms we'd recommend seeking out the advice of a doctor for diagnosis and treatment. You can read more about HIV testing and the window period on our website here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/all-about-testing/

Hello, I tested for HIV after 3 months but the result was negative, but still my tongue was black hairy and I also experience some open painless sores on my lip and the side of my tongue that come and go. is there any chance of my HIV negative result at 3 months letter change to positive. please help.

Your HIV test results are accurate and conclusive as you were tested outside of the window period (12 weeks after the potential exposure). This will not take into account if there has been a risk of transmission since then. If you’ve continued to be sexually active, you will need to get tested again. We recommend to people who are sexually active to get tested for HIV and STIs every 3 months with their doctor or local sexual health clinic. Considering you are experiencing other symptoms we'd suggest seeking out a doctor for further advice. You can read more about HIV testing and the window period on our website here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/all-about-testing/

Hello, I wanted to ask can we consider the 4th generation HIV test negative at 7.5 weeks conclusive post very low-risk expsoure.

Hi there, conclusive testing results can only be determined after the window period, Most people who’ve been exposed to HIV will test positive within one month after exposure, but a small number of people take up to three months. This period is known as ‘the window period’. The window period is the time between HIV infection and the production of antibodies; a lot of HIV transmission occurs because guys don’t know that they have HIV developing in the window period. So, if you test negative at three months after your potential exposure to HIV, it will almost always mean you do not have HIV, if there has been no risk of transmission in the meantime. However, if you’ve continued to be sexually active then you will need to get tested again. We always recommend confirming the window period of your tests with your provider. As you've been tested within the window period you will need to get tested again after the period for a conclusive result for your HIV status. We recommend to people who are sexually active to get tested for HIV and STIs 4 times a year (every 3 months) with their doctor or local sexual health clinic. You can read more about HIV testing and the window period on our website here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/all-about-testing/

Is hiv test accureat after 1 year and 7 month after exposure?

Your HIV test results are accurate and conclusive if you were tested outside of the window period (12 weeks after the potential exposure). This will not take into account if there has been a risk of transmission since then. If you’ve continued to be sexually active, you will need to get tested again. We recommend to people who are sexually active to get tested for HIV and STIs 4 times a year (every 3 months) with their doctor or local sexual health clinic. You can read more about HIV testing and the window period on our website here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/all-about-testing/