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Is it possible for HIV positive to have bald hair at the back of his head?

Thanks for your question. Men and women of any age may lose their hair for a variety of reasons, and it is often a natural part of the aging process. Like a person who is HIV negative, a person living with HIV may or may not have some degree of hair loss. This is not a symptom of HIV. If you are concerned about hair loss, speak to your doctor about what treatment options may exist.

My bf has recently been diagnosed of HIV ,we have been having sex for a month plus before he was diagnosed and I tested negative .will the prep drugs work for me ,?can I come out negative

Hi, thank you for your question. From what you have described, it sounds as though you may have been exposed to HIV. Without knowing whether or not you used safe sex strategies, it isn’t possible assess your level of risk. You can, however, do this yourself through our calculator: https://endinghiv.org.au/stay-safe/risk-calculator/ In terms of HIV testing, it can take up to 3 months for an HIV test to detect HIV antibodies in your blood. This is known as the window period. This means you would need to have an HIV test up to 3 months after your last risk exposure, for your result to be conclusive. As such, we would highly recommend having a HIV and sexual health test, and seeking advice from a medical professional.

Hello. Are unclean sex toys capable of transmitting HIV? unclean: unwashed (not used by anyone else)

Hi, thank you for your question. If not one else had used the sex toy, and there was no reason that it would have been exposed to HIV, then it isn’t possible for a sex toy to transmit HIV. If you were using unclean sex toys, it would be possible, however, for bacteria to build up on the sex toy and cause a bacterial infection. We always recommend that you thoroughly wash your sex toys after you use them. https://endinghiv.org.nz/sex/sex-toys

Hello. I am a 22 years old female, I met a guy two months ago and we had oral sex. One week later I experienced a swollen lymph node which enlarged in a week and then disappeared, a lot of acne on my face appeared and i have less desire to eat. I also Had a fever one week after the oral sex when my lymph node started to appear. In addition to that my menstrual cycle stopped for no reason and i had to visit a gynecologist (He said that it is very normal and it may have occurred due to stress). My menstrual cycle went back to normal after a certain medication. Now and after two months i can notice small white spots on my Gum area and it is only appearing after my dentist started to clean out my teeth. Is it possible i am infected with HIV?

Hi, thank you for your question. Oral sex is considered negligible risk for HIV transmission. The only way to conclusively know whether the symptoms you are experiencing are caused by a sexually transmitted infection is by having a sexual health check-up. If you live in NSW, you can find your nearest sexual health clinic here: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/sexualhealth/pages/sexual-health-clinics.aspx. If you continue to experience an undue amount of anxiety, it might be worth speaking to a counsellor about your fears and concerns.

Hello. I've been diagnosed HIV positive 8 months ago, at that moment my viral load was more than 7 million copies/ml so I immediately started an ART (Truvada and Tivicay) and to make it short i share with you my VL results that I had until now: Jul 2018: 7,7 million copies/ml Aug 2018: 522 copies/ml Nov 2018: 152 copies/ml Jan 2019: 285 copies/ml (blip) Feb 2019: 115 copies/ml Apr 2019: 102 copies/ml My question here is, why after 8 months of ART and good adherence to it I can't still reach an undetectable level (20-40 copies/ml)? Thanks in advance for your help.

Hi, congratulations on your progress in achieving a suppressed viral load. We understand that this process can be really difficult, but you are on the right track and doing really well. The reductions you have had is a huge achievement. The best thing to do would be to talk to your doctor as they will be able to give you really specific advice as it pertains to your situation.

I’ve just gone on Prep 6 days ago for the first time. I topped a guy but I didn’t cum in him. He told me after he is not on Prep and has had sex with over 150 men in the last year and hasn’t been tested in ages. What are my chances of getting HIV from him? I only just jad my my blood test etc to go on Prep but that was after being with him. Any information would be helpful.

Hi, thank you for your question. Studies have shown that men achieve high protection 7 days after commencing daily PrEP, if taken consistently without missing any pills. You can find out more on page 14: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/endinghiv/Documents/prep-patient-information-booklet.pdf Given your circumstances it isn’t possible for us to give you any sort of conclusive advice. You would be better off continuing to take PrEP and having a talk with your prescribing doctor as they will be able to give you definitive advice. Alternatively, you can also talk to a sexual health nurse for free through the sexual health info link on 1800 451 624.

When HIV is first contracted are there always symptoms?

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.

Some supplementaries of the detail There are 3 quetions, hope u can answer me, many thanks! last night i met a guy, and he helps me cum with his hands (not oral sex). but he spit his saliva on my dick to act as a lubrication, is it risky for my dick to touch his salivia if he is a hiv positive? Also, he cums himself while helping me cum, and i saw that there are some pre cum on his hands, then he uses that hands to rub my balanus(the top position of my dick), i felt a little painful that time cuz he said it could be more sensitive, i really worried about that his pre cum will go through my urethra with his rub , but i checked my dick after that, there is nothing wrong( i dont feel painful normally or when i am peeing and there is no obvious wound on my dick ) so is it risky? i am very nervous now, do i need to use the PEP?

Hi, thank you for your question. The sexual acts that you have described would be considered very low risk for HIV transmission. If you are really nervous and you live in NSW you can call the sexual health info link on 1800 451 624 to speak to a registered nurse. They will be able to advise you about the use of PEP. It is also really important that you have regular sexual health check-ups. Two to four a year, depending on how sexually active you are. You can book a test here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/book-a-test/

Hello. I had an exposure last November and I took a 4th generation hiv test at 8 weeks and a rapid hiv test at 15 weeks both were negative but my doc says the hiv period is 6 months. Now I am really concerned because I am feeling unwell and I am in 5 months after my exposure. Should I be worried about my 6 min hiv test being positive.

Hi, thank you for the question. The window period for a HIV test is up to 3 months. So, unless you have had a risk exposure in the last few months it sounds like you should be outside the window period. You can learn more about testing here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/all-about-testing/ It might be worth going to a sexual health clinic to have a sexual health check-up as they will be able to go into a lot of detail around the type of HIV test that they administer. Alternatively, if you live in NSW you can also call the Sexual Health Info Link on 1800 451 624 to speak to a sexual health nurse for free.