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Hi, I had sex with my partner whose HIV status is unknown, and the condom broke when we were having sex. Then I had a test 4 weeks after that sex, and the test is negative. However, I just realized the test is only convincing when it is done after 6 weeks exposure. So I want to know if it is necessary to book another test in a few week.

Hi, Thank you for your question. The window period can vary anywhere between 2 weeks and 3 months depending on the type of test or technology being used. PEP is a treatment you can access to prevent infection if you’ve potentially been exposed to HIV. However, the treatment must start within 72 hours of the risk event. More info on PEP can be found here: https://endinghiv.org.au/stay-safe/pep/ We recommend seeking medical advice from your local sexual health clinic or doctor. Alternatively, if you live in NSW you can call the Sexual Health Info Link on 1800 451 624 to further discuss your question.

Below what value is considered UVL? I recently got exposed to someone with viral load of 100. Am i at risk of infection?

Hi, thank you for your question. What you have described would be considered negligible risk for HIV transmission. The Partner study in 2017 showed that people with a viral load under 200 copies had not passed HIV on to their sexual partners. You can read more about this in on our website: https://endinghiv.org.au/treat-early/about-undetectable/ Also, see our position paper: https://www.acon.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Position-Statement-Undetectable-Viral-Load-2014.pdf

What happens if we sex with same partner without using condom more than 3 times ?

Hi, Thank you for your question. Having sex without a condom is considered high risk for HIV transmission, especially if you are unaware of yours or your partner’s HIV status. When used correctly, condoms are highly effective in preventing the transmission of HIV and other STIs. You can find your risk here: https://endinghiv.org.au/stay-safe/risk-calculator/. It is important to get a sexual health test at least once a year even if you are having sex with only one partner, or a test every 3 months if you have more casual partners. If you live in NSW you can call the Sexual Health Info Link on 1800 451 624 for more information.

Hi, I have a script for Prep for a 3 month supply. I know in Victoria there are pharmacies (HealthSmart) where the PBS script cost is partly subsidised by the government, where you get a 3 month supply but only need to pay one PBS charge ($40 instead of $120). Are there any similar pharmacies in NSW? Thanks

Hi, Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, there are no such schemes among pharmacies in NSW. However, you can purchase PrEP for quite cheap online, and can find prices almost similar to what you are looking for. More information on buying PrEP online can be found at PrEP Access Now here: https://www.pan.org.au/buy-prep-online.

How much risk of having sex with ur partner both have HIv by not using protection

Hi, thank you for your question. In terms of HIV transmission there is no risk. However, there is a risk of acquiring of sexually transmitted infections. As such, it is important to have a regular testing regime. You can also calculate your risk through our online tool: https://endinghiv.org.au/stay-safe/risk-calculator/

Hi do you know does St. John’s wort effect the use of prep? Thanks Michael

Hi, thank you for your question. We can’t provide you with information on whether or not St. John’s wort will interact with PrEP. We would advise you to talk to your prescribing doctor, or call the sexual health info link on 1800 451 624.

Hello, I have been taking prep everyday for the last 2.5 years. I test every 3 months. Im a bottom and use condom as much as possible. My question is: what exactly happens when I'm on prep and a HIV positive person cums inside my ass without condom?

Hi, thank you for your question. When taking PrEP, the medication will build up in your system to the point where it is effective in breaking the replication cycle of HIV, which will reduce the change that it will take hold in your body. You can find out more by reading our fact sheet on PrEP: https://endinghiv.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/PrEP-Patient-information-booklet.pdf If you would like a really thorough description on how PrEP works we would recommend you talk to your prescribing doctor or if you live in NSW call the Sexual Health Info Link on 1800 451 624.

If your partner has tested HIV positive and your comdom breaks in the process of sexual intercourse, are you likely to be effected with the virus? Thanks

Hi, if your partner has tested HIV positive and does not have an undetectable viral load you are at risk of acquiring HIV. You can find out your risk here: https://endinghiv.org.au/stay-safe/risk-calculator/ Given the circumstances, we would recommend visiting your local sexual health clinic or doctor and seeking out medical advice. Alternatively, if you live in NSW you can call the sexual health info on 1800 451 624.

I had sex with Prostitue. While having sex condom Broke. So she applied 2 new condom. That also broke while having sex at that time we stopped having sex. I was on alcohol. But i did not ejaculate (semen did not come out). After that i wash my penis with dettol & masturbate so that semen will come out. What are the chance of exposure to HIV. I have told this to a doctor he told mi start PEP and after 15 days we will have blood test

Hi, thank you for your question. What you have described would be low risk for HIV. However, as your doctor has advised, given that there is a low risk the best course of action would be to start PEP within 72 hours of potential risk exposure to HIV.