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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 Is a 6 month still necessary or is that outdated info?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

How l know l have Hlv

Hi, That’s a really good question. The best way to know your HIV status is to get a HIV test. There are a range of places you can go to get tested for HIV and STIs including at your doctor, your local sexual health clinic or a community testing site like a[TEST]. 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/ We recommend to anyone who is sexually active to get tested for HIV and STIs four times a year. 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

I had sex with a girl some weeks ago the only symptoms am feeling is my coughing manner just a little cough and I smoke flavor so pls am confuse what it might be can it be HIV

Hi, Thanks for your question. Symptoms for HIV can be very similar to other things. We always recommend to people experiencing symptoms that they should seek further medical advice by visiting their doctor or health professional. However, understanding the current situation with COVID-19, if you have a cold or flu-like symptoms you should avoid close contact with others, practice social distancing making sure you keep a distance of 1.5 metres between yourself and other people and that you are washing your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds. If you have been overseas in the last 14 days, you should also self isolate for 14 days and monitor your symptoms. If your symptoms persist, we recommend calling your doctor or Healthdirect on 1800 022 222. If your symptoms are severe, visit your local Emergency Department, and immediately tell staff when you arrive where you have travelled or if you have been in contact with a confirmed case. You can read more on ACON's COVID-19 Statement here: www.aconhealth.org.au/acon_coronavirus_covid_19_statement

Hello, I had a friend who offered me to test my blood sugar with his sugar testing pen. I wasn’t sure about the lancet. I’m afraid it was used by him and I don’t know his HIV status. My questions: 1- is the used lancet risky for transmission compared to the hollow syringe that may have blood inside it 2- i tested negative on the 4th gen (ag/ab) blood drawn from the vien at a very respectable lab at 4 & 7 weeks. Is that conclusive or i need further testing Thanks

Hi, Thanks for your question. If your friend used a new single-use lancet on you, then there would be no risk for HIV transmission. Maybe you can first check with him if this was the case. If you've reused a lancet that your friend has used and his HIV status is unknown, there would be risk for HIV transmission. There may also be possible risk for transmitting Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C if a used lancet was shared. However, Hepatitis B will often clear on its own, and there is also a vaccine available. There are also cures available for Hepatitis C. For more info, you can head to Hepatitis NSW here: https://www.hep.org.au/. HIV tests can have a window period of between 2 weeks and 3 months depending on the test. We would recommend getting in touch with the medical centre that provided your HIV test to confirm their window period, which will also confirm if your results are conclusive. If you have more questions, you can also call the Sexual Health Infolink at 1800 451 624.

Hello My friend changed the door handle and key yesterday. After I left I closed the door and got the key. After 10 minutes, my nose was bleeding.blood. I pressed it into my nose with my finger to stop the blood. For example, if there  my friend blood in the door handle and key .if this blood is made in my hand, if I press the blood flowing of my nose, How long can hiv live outside of the body? can HIV be transmitted in this way? İ am sorry for bad english. Hope you understand my english.   Please  help  me. Best wishes.  Take care  Dicle

Hi, Thanks for your question. The risk of HIV being transmitted in the way you’re describing is very unlikely. For HIV to be transmitted, in must firstly exist in a person’s blood, semen, anal fluids or vaginal/front hole fluids, and requires one of these fluids to enter the blood stream of a HIV negative person. Often this means that HIV is mainly transmitted through unprotected sexual intercourse or sharing used injecting equipment. You can read more about HIV, transmission and prevention on our website here: https://endinghiv.org.au/sti/hiv/

What's the first symptoms in males who might have hiv

Hi, thank you for your question. If someone has contracted HIV (seroconverted) they may or may not experience a number of symptoms. It really depends on each individual. You can read more about potential symptoms here: https://endinghiv.org.au/blog/i-dont-feel-well-symptoms-of-hiv/# As stated in the blog post, having symptoms does not necessarily mean someone has HIV. There are numerous reasons as to why a person could be experiencing symptoms similar to the ones listed. The most important thing to do is to have a sexual health check-up and to speak to a registered doctor or nurse.

Is there a way to figure out when I was exposed?

Hi, Thanks for your question. Figuring out the exact moment you have been exposed to HIV can be difficult to trace if you’ve had multiple sexual partners within a period of time. If you are ever in a situation where you think you have potentially been exposed to HIV, you can access post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), which is a 4 week course of treatment that needs to be started within 72 hours of possible exposure that is highly effective in preventing HIV transmission. You can access PEP at sexual health clinics, hospital emergency departments or through the PEP Hotline (1800 PEP NOW or 1800 737 669). You can also find more info on how to get PEP here: https://www.getpep.info/. Also the best way to look after your sexual health is to make sure you are getting a sexual health check-up with your doctor or local sexual health clinic 4 times a year (every 3 months) and that you are using an effective HIV prevention strategy when having sex, which includes condoms, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) or undetectable viral load (UVL). You can read about those options here: https://endinghiv.org.au/stay-safe/.

Just yesterday i touched this social worker vagina and got some fluid on my hand then masturbated tho i also split saliva since the vaginal fluid was not that much so as to arouae myself..is there possibility of contacting HIV and is it necessary for me to go fo PEP??

Hi, Thanks for your question. The sexual encounter you’re describing would be considered low risk for HIV transmission. However this is only for HIV and not other STIs. We recommend to anyone who is sexually active to have regular sexual health check-ups 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 are concerned about your risk and would like to find out more information on PEP, you can call the PEP Hotline at 1800 737 669 (1800 PEP NOW) where someone can talk with you about your concerns as well as to help you find out whether PEP would be recommended for you, and where to access it. Keep in mind that PEP is a 4-week course of treatment that is effective when started within 72 hours of any possible exposure.

Hello doctor hope you are doing great. my name is Mash. I had unprotected sex with a lady on June 8 2019. Then I went hospital emergency room at 66 hours and prescribed pep for 28 days. I was hiv negative at 6 weeks - 12 weeks and 17 weeks (4 months after exposure and 3 months after pep).  All test were 4th generation combo/p24 ab/ag. Am I hiv free or should I test again? i am really worried. Thank you in advance

Hi, Thanks for your question. HIV tests can have a window period of up to 3 months. This means that when you get a HIV test, your result is conclusive of your HIV status at 3 months before you took the test. The negative result of your HIV test at 17 weeks would therefore be conclusive of your status from the time you had sex on June 8 2019. However, if you’ve had other sexual encounters between then and your last test, we would suggest getting tested again. We recommend to anyone who is sexually active to have regular HIV and sexual health tests from their doctor or local sexual health clinic so that they are on top of their health. If you live in NSW, you can find the nearest place to get tested on our website 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.