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So it’s true you can’t contract hiv giving oral?

Hi, Thanks for your question. Oral sex is considered to be very low to no risk for HIV transmission. However, this can be different for 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 your nearest place to get tested here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/where-to-get-tested/ You can also use or risk calculator on our website to find out the risk associated with certain sex scenarios here: https://endinghiv.org.au/stay-safe/risk-calculator/

Hi I had a 4th generation test at 28day came back negative I did another 4th generation test at 10 weeks again and also negative again. Do I retest at 12 weeks or am I good?

Hi, Thanks for your question. Depending on the HIV test and a person’s body, the window period of anywhere between 2 to 12 weeks to produce a conclusive result. You can read more about testing and the window period here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/all-about-testing/ If you’re sexually active, we recommend getting tested every 3 months to make sure you’re aware of your status. For more medical advice, we suggest getting in touch with your doctor or local sexual health clinic. You can also call the Sexual Health Infolink at 1800 451 624 where a person can answer your questions over the phone.

My partner tested negative for HIV. I have not tested yet. What are my chances of being positive.

Hi, Thanks for your question. It’s difficult to provide a calculated chance of being positive for your HIV status. The best way to know for sure is to get tested with your doctor or nearest sexual health clinic. We recommend to anyone who is sexually active to get tested at least twice a year, and every 3 months if you’re a bit more active. HIV tests have a window period of up to 3 months. This means that the results are conclusive for your HIV status up to 3 months ago. We would recommend you and your partner to have another HIV test 3 months later before negotiating any unprotected sex with each other. You can read more about testing and the window period on our website here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/all-about-testing/. If you live in NSW, you can find your nearest place to get tested here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/where-to-get-tested/. For more information, you can also call the Sexual Health Infolink at 1800 451 624 where someone can answer your questions over the phone.

Today I found out my ex was born with hiv we had unprotected sex In 2016 and he’s just now telling me and I’m super scared I’ve been checked in December 2018 only thing came back was chlamydia then I went the hospital for having lower belly pains I’m may of 2019 and they did test and it was a uti and everything came back negative . I did research and it said it take 4-6weeks to show up . And it’s been years so should I be safe

Hi, Thanks for your question. Most people living with HIV are aware of their status and are on treatment, which means that many are sustaining an undetectable viral load. People living with HIV who have a UVL are unable to transmit HIV to another person. You can read more about UVL and how it is an effective HIV prevention strategy on our website here: https://endinghiv.org.au/treat-early/about-undetectable/. From the tests that you have had, the results are conclusive that there was no HIV transmission from the sex you had in 2016. If you’ve continued to be sexually active with other partners, we recommend having regular sexual health check-ups with your doctor or local sexual health clinic. For more information, you can also call the Sexual Health Infolink at 1800 451 624 where someone can answer your questions over the phone.

Why people might not go for hiv testing

Hi, Thanks for your question. Some people may not test for HIV due to a range of issues including anxiety around their test results, thinking they are not at risk for HIV infection, because they have no symptoms or because they are in a monogamous relationship. You can read more on our blog about why some people might not get tested here and our advice on supporting those issues here: https://endinghiv.org.au/blog/6-reasons-wont-get-tested-hiv/ We recommend to anyone who is sexually active to have at least two sexual health check-ups a year with their doctor or local sexual health clinic, or every 3 months if you’re really active. We encourage people to be aware of their status and to take necessary measures to look after their health. HIV and STI testing at many sexual health clinics are free and confidential, and in many cases, don’t require Medicare card. 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/

The attendant at a massage parlour started to perform oral sex on my penis for about 20 seconds when I stopped her. 4 weeks later I tested negative for hiv. Do you think I should repeat the test?

Hi, Thanks for your question. Oral sex is considered to be very low to no risk for HIV transmission. However, this can be different for STIs. We recommend to anyone who is sexually active to have regular sexual health check-ups with their doctor or local sexual health clinic. You can also call the Sexual Health Infolink at 1800 451 624 where someone can answer your questions over the phone.

I want to know how to find out someone that have HIV

Hi, Thanks for your question. Most people living with HIV who are aware of their status are on treatment and sustain an undetectable viral load (UVL). This means that they cannot transmit HIV to a negative person. You can read more on UVL here: https://endinghiv.org.au/treat-early/about-undetectable/. HIV is often transmitted from people who do not know their HIV status. It is important for anyone who is sexually active to have regular HIV and sexual health tests to know their own status. You can find out more information on testing here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/all-about-testing/. We recommend considering HIV prevention strategies that let you take care of your own health including condoms and/or PrEP. You can read more about those options here: https://endinghiv.org.au/stay-safe/.

Hi - I have tested Negative 4 times now - (2 months after exposure - 3 months after exposure - 4 months after exposure and lastly 5 months and 2 weeks after) - I still seem to keep creeping back to not believing my results! Can i possibly not be producing enough detectable antibodies or late seroconverting? Exposure was recieving oral sex from girl with unknown status.

Hi, Thanks for your question. Oral sex is considered to be very low risk for HIV transmission. Based on the time your tests were taken after possible exposure, the negative results are conclusive. For more information, you can call the Sexual Health Infolink at 1800 451 624 where someone can answer your questions over the phone.

hi so i was the top and my friend bottomed he still hasnt told me he has HIV bu t i know he does as his friends have all told me and we didnt use a condom straight away and i precame inside him am i at risk of HIV

Hi, Thanks for your question. If your friend is on treatment and has sustained an undetectable viral load (UVL), there is no risk for HIV transmission. You can read about the effectiveness of UVL as a prevention strategy here: https://endinghiv.org.au/treat-early/about-undetectable/. However, if you’re unsure about his status, it would be considered medium risk. You can use our risk calculator here: https://endinghiv.org.au/stay-safe/risk-calculator/. If at any point you think you have been exposed to HIV, you should consider accessing PEP which is a course of medication that prevents HIV which you must start taking within 72 hours of the possible exposure. You can access PEP by contacting your local sexual health clinic, hospital emergency department or the PEP NSW Hotline at 1800 PEP NOW (1800 737 669). You can find out more on where to access PEP here: https://www.getpep.info/ We recommend seeking further medical advice from your doctor or local sexual health clinic. You can also call the Sexual Health Infolink at 1800 451 624 where someone can answer your questions.