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HI I am a man and had an unprotected sex with a women 4 month ago, and I usually felt cold and fever ever since. I wanted to book a test, but the test aTest are only for gay people. How can I book a test and if I can test using Insti Hiv rapid at home?

Hi, thanks for your question. Yes, the a[TEST] services is for men who have sex with men. However, there are heaps of other options for you. Sexual health centres offer free HIV and STI testing for everyone, regardless of sexuality or gender. To find your nearest sexual health centre, you can call the Sexual Health Infolink on 1800 451 624. Sydney Sexual Health Centre is also just around the corner from aTEST. Their website is www.sshc.org.au. If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to get in touch!

I gave unprotected oral sex to a sex worker, I'm really worried that I have caught HIV. I went to a sexual health clinic and they advised that there was no need for me to have a HIV test based on this. However, even after this I am still worried, what shall I do?

Hi, thanks for your question. In terms of HIV risk, oral sex is considered safe, regardless of who you did it with. For HIV transmission to occur, fluid containing enough of the virus (such as blood or semen) needs to enter your bloodstream. Oral sex is therefore very low risk. Other, easily treated STIs can be transmitted via oral sex, so getting tested is still important if you are having any kind of sex. We recommend getting tested at least twice per year (more often if you are having a lot of sex). While being informed about HIV risk is important, if you are finding your anxiety related to HIV transmission becoming unmanageable, talk to your doctor or sexual health nurse about these feelings. A referral to a counselling service or similar can go a long way in unpacking stress related to HIV transmission. If you are based in NSW, the Sexual Health Infolink is a great first point of contact. Their number is 1800 451 624. If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Whether fucking an HIV positive person only causes AIDS or fucking more persons who are not suffering from HIV also causes AIDS? ( NOTE : In two cases fucking without a condom )

Hi, thanks for your question. It is only possible to acquire HIV from an HIV positive person. It is not possible to get HIV from someone who is HIV negative, regardless of how many HIV negative people you you have sex with or how often. Unless using other HIV prevention strategies, fucking without condoms is generally considered risky in terms of HIV transmission. There are certain factors that can affect the level of risk in terms of HIV. For example, being the bottom (receptive partner) is more risky than being the top (insertive partner). If the HIV positive person is on treatment, the risk is reduced, and if they have what we call an undetectable viral load (UVL), then there is effectively no risk of HIV transmission. You can find out more about UVL here: https://endinghiv.org.au/treat-early/about-undetectable/ When using an HIV prevention tool such as condoms, PrEP (find out more about PrEP here: https://endinghiv.org.au/stay-safe/prep/), or UVL, then the amount of partners you are having sex with as well as their HIV status is not really relevant in terms of the risk to yourself, because you are protected from HIV. The other thing to bear in mind is that AIDS and HIV are two separate things. It's not possible to get AIDS from an HIV positive person. It's only possible to acquire HIV, which can lead to AIDS when left untreated. If you have any further questions don't hesitate to get in touch!

Hi, I am suffering from HIV anxiety, please help. I had unprotected sex for 30 seconds max with a woman whose HIV status was unknown 6 months ago. Last week, I took a HIV Insti rapid test myself and the result was negative. Can this be taken as conclusive result? Kindly advise.

Hi, thanks for your question. HIV has a window period of up to three months, so if the test was performed 6 months after the encounter, the test is considered accurate and conclusive. 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 or similar 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!

Hii.. I felt cold(sneezing only)and I found a bump on my top of leg after I had sex with a woman,I don't know her hiv status.I am afraid that it seems the same symptoms.we both had oral sex and of course yes I used protection. Please provide me with the info.

Hi, thanks for your question. In terms of HIV risk, sex with condoms and oral sex are both considered safe. For HIV transmission to occur, fluid containing enough of the virus needs to enter your bloodstream. Condoms act as a physical barrier that prevents the sharing of fluid that can transmit HIV (such as semen or vaginal fluid). In terms of the symptoms you are experiencing, they could be due to a range of things. It’s best to speak to a doctor about them. If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to get in touch!

hello, what drugs can you take to reach undetectable viral load

Hi, thanks for your question. The medications used to achieve an undetectable viral load (UVL) are called antiretrovirals. There are many different types of antiretrovirals, and these are often used in combination to treat HIV and achieve a UVL. Because there are many different types there is no one answer to your question, however people living with HIV work with their doctor to get the right antiretroviral medications for them. If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Hi I’m a chronic hep b carrier in ‘immune control phase’ hence not in need of treatment. Will I be able to take PreP medication?

Hi, thanks for your question. In terms of using PrEP, hepatitis can affect its suitability. It’s best to discuss with a doctor as to whether it is okay for you to be using PrEP while Hepatitis B positive. To find a doctor or sexual health clinic you can call the Sexual Health Infolink on 1800 451 624. If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Hi Guys, I honestly can’t thank you enough for your support and guidance. 6 months back I had unprotected sex with a female whose status was unknown for 30 secs max. After taking guidance from this forum, I finally garnered the courage to get tested. I ordered an Insti Hiv rapid test home kit and took the test myself and the result was Negative. Pls suggest me if this can be consider as a conclusive result?.

Hi, thanks for your question. HIV has a window period of up to three months, so if the test was performed 6 months after the encounter, the test is considered accurate and conclusive. If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Cumming in mouth of unknown status of a girl who gave me oral

Hi, thanks for your question. In terms of HIV risk, receiving oral sex is considered safe! For HIV transmission to occur, fluid containing enough of the virus needs to enter your bloodstream. This is not really possible when receiving head as there is no sharing of fluid that can transmit HIV, such as blood or semen (saliva does not transmit HIV). If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to get in touch!