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Hello. First of all sorry for my poor english. I really thank you for your site and your support. I am male and i am from iran, I had a unprotect oral sex and protect vaginal sex with sex worker 7 month ago . And this are my result tests: After 1 month: hiv ab/ag was negative. After 4 month: hiv ab/ag was negative. After 7 month : hiv ab was negative. All tests was 4th genereatation. I have some symptoms that i have not before,like super dry mouth,mout ulcer with no pain and whit and burning tongue ,last night i have very bad night sweet too that i have not before that! I talked to my doctor and he told me that i am hiv negative . But i scared from symptomps . Please tell me need to retest again after 1 year !? If i infected with hcv(hepatit c) can this cause my body could not produce antibody in 7 month ? Thanks a lot.

Hi, thanks for your question. Given that you have tested 1, 4 and 7 months after your risk event it is (as your doctor has said) conclusive that you do not have HIV. The window period –the time it takes for a conventional blood test to pick up hepatitis c antibodies – is at most 3 months (https://www.hepatitisaustralia.com/hepatitis-c-facts/tests-for-hep-c). If you are still concerned we would recommend talking to your doctor again and discussing potential counselling around fear of HIV and sexual transmitted infections.

Hi, I began PrEP on Sept. 11 (I had tested neg for HIV) and gave a guy oral 18 days later. I swallowed, and though I believe he said he was negative, I'm not sure of his status. In fact, due to his ghosting behavior, I fear he was positive (and worst case scenario, detectable). What is the risk for me? I didn't have a cut that I know of, but do have gum recession and wondered your opinion overall. Thank you!

Hi, thanks for your question. In terms of HIV risk, oral sex is generally considered safe. Furthermore, as you were on PrEP for 18 days before your sexual encounter, it is highly likely that you were receiving maximum protection from the HIV virus in your blood stream - PrEP takes between 7 and 20 days to become fully effective. Given these two factors it is extremely likely that you are at 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 and more frequently if you are having lots of sex. To find out where to get tested follow this link: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/book-a-test/. If you are still concerned and live in NSW you can also chat to a nurse over the phone on 1800 451 624.

Hi I had sex with straight guy and the condom broken but he didn't finished inside next day I took him for test the result came back negative even my blood test negative bout test was p24 antigen HIV 1 and 2 but I'm still worried .

Hi, thanks for your question. If you feel you have been exposed to the HIV virus our immediate advice would be to go to your local hospital emergency department or sexual health clinic and ask them about post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP). A nurse will be able to assess whether PEP is necessary for you or not. You can learn more about PEP here: https://endinghiv.org.au/stay-safe/pep/ Depending on the test performed, HIV tests can have a window period of up to three months. However, many tests today have a shorter window period of up to 6 weeks. We would recommend following up with your nurse or doctor again about the test performed, and having a chat about your particular sexual encounter and the risk involved. If you are feeling particularly worried, you can also talk to a sexual health nurse over the phone by calling the Sexual Health Infolink on 1800 451 624.

Who put in others moth he is risk able or not

Hi, thanks for your question. In terms of HIV risk, oral sex is generally considered safe. For HIV transmission to occur, fluid containing enough of the virus (such as blood or semen) needs to enter your blood stream. Therefore, unless you have a major cut in your mouth or an open sore, there is no entry point into your blood stream. It is important to note, that other easily treated STIs can be transmitted via oral sex, such as gonorrhoea and chlamydia, so getting testing is still important if you are having any kind of sex. We recommending getting tested at least twice per year (more often if you are having a lot of sex.

Hi I’m at 9 weeks post exposure, vaginal sex had combo at 6 weeks negative. I feel I have symptoms this week underarm pain. Had rash 10 days post exposure over symptoms. Is there any where test I can have now for conclusive results struggling to make 12 weeks. John.

Hi John, thanks for your question. Depending on the test performed, HIV tests can have a window period of up to three months. However, many tests today have a shorter window period of up to 6 weeks. We would recommend following up with your local sexual health clinic and talking to a nurse about the test they perform at what the window period is at their clinic. If you are feeling particularly worried, you can also talk to a sexual health nurse over the phone by calling the Sexual Health Infolink on 1800 451 624.

Hey. I’m 19 and I just found I have chlaymidya but my boyfriend doesn’t know.. we always use condom.. we have only been together for a week.. what should I do... he doesn’t know I had sex with another guy before we got to getting... and if you have taken the table to get rid of chlaymidya.. does it work if you have getting head as well.. do the table work for your throat as well or do you need different ones??? Thank you

Hi, thanks for your question. It can seem scary to tell your boyfriend (or sexual partners) that you have an STI, but the best thing to do is be open and honest. This is important because they may need to get tested and treated as well. You should also refrain from having sex until you have completed your treatment, otherwise, you run the risk of infecting your boyfriend (or sexual partners) and acquiring chlamydia again. Given that you are concerned about treatment working on your throat, and you may have passed on chlamydia to your boyfriend (or sexual partners) we would advise that you go back and speak to your medical professional.

I gave oral sex to a guy using a condom, I do not know his status, how much risk am I at? Thanks

Hi, thanks for your question. In terms of HIV risk, oral sex is generally considered safe. For HIV transmission to occur, fluid containing enough of the virus (such as blood or semen) needs to enter your blood stream. If a condom is used correctly this isn’t able to occur as it creates a physical barrier. So, in relation to this encounter it is not possible to be exposed to HIV. Nevertheless, if you are sexually active it is a good idea to get tested every 6 months. If based in NSW you can call the Sexual Health Infolink on 1800 451 624 to find a suitable clinic.

Is the free test only for citizens?

Hi, our a[TEST] clinic is free for all same-sex attracted men. You do not need to be a citizen or have a Medicare card to access our service. To book a test please follow this link: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/book-a-test/.

Hello. I have a question: I am on prep and have been since Oct 2015. I had unprotected sex with an HIV undetectable individual (this is what I was told) on Sept 15, 2018. Its been 10 days and I feel like i am catching a cold or flu. I am normally not paranoid, however; the individual waited until after to tell me he was HIV + and undetectable. I take my prep regularly and have only slipped up once and missed a day back in early 2017. What are the chances of catching HIV if I am on prep, or am I just being paranoid? Thanks

Hi, thanks for your question. In terms of HIV risk, what you have described is entirely safe! PrEP is very effective at preventing HIV transmission. On top of this, your partner has said that he is undetectable. Someone with an undetectable viral load (UVL) is unable to pass the virus onto partners. This is because the medications they are on have suppressed the virus to such a level that there is not enough virus present in body fluids for it to be passed on. UVL can be considered a form of HIV prevention. So, in your case, you had a double layer of protection with both PrEP and UVL, so there is no risk in terms of HIV. The cold/flu symptoms that you’ve been experiencing could be due to a range of things (probably just a cold or flu!) so it’s best to speak to a doctor about this. If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to get in touch!