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I had sex with a girl and during our encounter she started bleeding from her vagina I had a condom on tho can I still get HIV?

Hi, Thanks for your question. When used correctly, condoms with the proper lube are highly effective in preventing HIV transmissions. Although they are effective in preventing the transmission of many other STIs, there is always the risk of some STIs still being transmitted through sex even when a condom is being used. But that’s okay! Because many STIs are easily treatable. We recommend to people who are sexually active to have routine sexual health check-ups with their doctor or local sexual health clinic. By doing so, you can detect any STIs you may have and treat them earlier. If you live in NSW, you can find the nearest place to get tested for HIV and STIs here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/where-to-get-tested/ If you have more questions, you can also call the Sexual Health Infolink at 1800 451 624 where a sexual health nurse can answer your questions over the phone.

Could we get infected with HIV or STDs if we kiss the precum only for once and if the infected person suck our breast?

Hi, Thanks for your question. For HIV to be transmitted, it requires the bodily fluids (blood, semen, pre-cum, vaginal or front hole fluids, rectal fluids or breast milk) from a person living with HIV who is not on effective treatment to enter the bloodstream of a HIV negative person. This is often through sexual intercourse or by sharing injecting equipment. The risk of HIV being transmitted in the way you have described would be very unlikely to no risk. However, this can be different for other STIs such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea. If your body or hands are coming into contact with infected bodily fluids during sex, there’s a possibility you can transmit this to other parts of your body including your throat, urethra and arse. Sometimes STIs also show no symptoms but are easily treatable when detected. We recommend to anyone who is sexually active to get tested for HIV and STIs 4 times a year with their doctor or local sexual health clinic. If you live in NSW you can find the nearest place to get tested here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/where-to-get-tested/ If you have further questions, you can call the Sexual Health Infolink at 1800 451 624 where a sexual health nurse can answer your questions over the phone.

What are the early signs of hiv ?

Hi, Thanks for your question. Here is a blog article we published a few years ago which goes through the symptoms of the early stages of HIV: https://endinghiv.org.au/blog/7-symptoms-of-hiv-early-stages/. Symptoms for HIV can vary from person to person, and can also be very similar to other things that may be happening with your body. If you are experiencing any symptoms, you should visit your doctor to seek further medical advice, and discuss what might be happening with your body. The best way to also know your HIV status is to get tested. If you live in NSW, you can find the nearest place to get tested here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/where-to-get-tested/ If you have any more questions, you can also call the Sexual Health Infolink at 1800 451 624 where a sexual health nurse can answer your questions over the phone

I’m male and met a female escort on 20 May, and had oral sex (insertive Fellatio). I used condom all the way after ejaculation I checked many times that all semen still remained in the condom. I washed hands carefully before washing my genital carefully as well. I had full blood test for HIV and all STDs( Chlamydia, Syphilis, gonorrhoea, HEP A/B/C) on 15 June, which is 26 days from the possible exposure above. All results were Non-Reactive. I want to ask how conclusive are my results for HIV and Syphilis because I know they have longer window period. The doctor advised me that my risk is extremely low for HIV and Syphilis because I used Condom and I don’t need further test. Please let me know as I’m worried I have HIV and Syphilis.

Hi, Thanks for your question. Oral sex is considered very low to no risk for HIV transmission, and when condoms are used correctly there is zero risk for HIV transmission. This means that the likelihood of HIV being transmitted in your situation is very unlikely. Tests for HIV can have a window period of between 2 weeks to 3 months depending on the test, and for syphilis this can be between 4 to 6 weeks. Although your risk was low, we recommend getting tested again after the window period for a conclusive result of your HIV and sexual health status. You can read more about testing on our website here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/all-about-testing/ If you’ve continued to be sexually active, we recommend having routine check-ups for HIV and STIs 4 times a year (every 3 months) with your doctor or local sexual health clinic. Getting an STI can make you feel anxious, but most STIs can also be easily treated! If you have further questions, you can call the Sexual Health Infolink at 1800 451 624 where a sexual health nurse can answer your questions over the phone.

I received oral sex from a homeless female Im not sure if I wore a condom but I don’t have hiv or stds. I am going to get tested when you think is the right time this happen 3 days ago and what are the risk.

Hi, Thanks for your question. Oral sex is considered very low to no risk for HIV transmissions. However, this can be different for other STIs. We recommend to anyone who is sexually active to have routine sexual health check-ups with their doctor or local sexual health clinic. Tests for HIV have a window period of between 2 weeks and 3 months depending on the test. This is the period of time it takes for a reactive result to appear after any possible exposure to HIV. We recommend you go get a HIV and STI test at the doctor or sexual health clinic, and confirm how long their window periods are and get tested again after this window period. If you live in NSW, you can find the nearest place to get tested here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/where-to-get-tested/ If you have further questions, you can call the Sexual Health Infolink at 1800 451 624 where a sexual health nurse can answer your questions over the phone.

Is it possible for me to get infected when an HIV positive person came into my stomach/tummy?

Hi, Thanks for your question. HIV exists in blood, semen, rectal fluids, vaginal or front hole fluids and breast milk. For HIV to be transmitted, it requires at least one of these bodily fluids from a person living with HIV who is not on treatment to enter the blood stream of a HIV negative person. Often this is through unprotected sexual intercourse or sharing drug injecting equipment. This means that there is no risk of HIV transmission if a person cums on your tummy as there is no entry point for HIV to enter your bloodstream.

Hi Last exposure was Mid November 2019 and tested non reactive with a 4th gen ab/ag elisa month end February 2020. Exposure is unprotected oral and not sure If there was a condom break as I was the receptive partner. Have a faint non itchy rash on upper body (face /neck/chest )rash is the same color as my skin . Could this be seronversion rash?Rash has been persistent for over 6 months. Is the test undertaken conclusive or further testing required given this unexplainable rash?

Hi, Thanks for your question. Tests for HIV can have a window period of between 2 weeks to 3 months depending on the test. This is the period of time after any possible exposure to HIV for a reactive result to appear in the test. Your HIV test in February 2020 happened 3 months after your last exposure, which sits outside of this window period. This means that your non-reactive HIV results was conclusive. If you have continued to be sexually active, you will need to get tested again. Oral sex is also considered very low to no risk for HIV transmissions, and when used correctly, condoms are also highly effective in preventing HIV transmissions. Although skin rashes can be a symptom of HIV, they can also be caused by many different things. We would recommend visiting your doctor who can have a look at your rash and provide you with further medical advice.

My current partner has metallic braces and her previous partner had ejaculated in her mouth one year ago. I also ejaculated in her mouth today and I may have cut on my penis. Is it possible for me to get HIV from her braces if her previous partner has HIV since her previous partner’s blood or semen had came into contact with her braces?

Hi, Thanks for your question. The risk of HIV being transmitted in the scenario you’ve described is highly unlikely. The risk for HIV transmission during oral sex is considered very low to no risk. However, this can be different for other STIs. We recommend to anyone who is sexually active to have routine sexual health check-ups with their doctor or local sexual health clinic.

Hi, male here had unprotected sex (vaginal). Tested at 89 days result: negative. Tested again at 120 days result: negative. Did not experience any “symptoms” since the unprotected sex. Would this been considered conclusive? Is a 6 month still necessary or is that outdated info? Original combo test was done at a clinic. Also, any risk from a hand job when saliva used for lubricant? Thanks

Hi, Thanks for your question. Tests for HIV can have a window period of between 2 weeks to 3 months depending on the test. This is the period of time it takes for a reactive result to appear after possible exposure to HIV. This would mean that your test at 120 days sits outside of this window period, meaning your negative result would be conclusive of your HIV status. However, if you’ve continued to be sexually active, we recommend getting tested again. HIV is also not transmitted through saliva, which means a hand job with saliva as lubricant has no risk for HIV transmission. However, this can be different for other STIs, which can easily be treated. We recommend to anyone who is sexually active to have routine sexual health check-ups with their doctor or local sexual health clinic. If you have more questions, you can call the Sexual Health Infolink at 1800 451 624 where a sexual health nurse can answer your questions over the phone