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Ending HIV is a sexual health campaign for gay, bisexual and other guys who have sex with guys, based in NSW, Australia. If you are living overseas or in another state, there may be limits to the support we can provide. While our peers are highly knowledgeable, they can’t give specific medical advice. Whatever your concern, always seek the advice of a doctor or trained medical professional you trust.

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I regularly take prep. I have traveled out of town and forgot to pack my prep. This means I will miss one day (tomorrow) Friday. I last had receptive unprotected sex on Monday night with my regular sexual partner (who I believe to be negative). Should I try to get another tablet here somehow? Or will I be okay to skip a day? Thank you for this service.

Hi, Thanks for your question. If you were taking daily PrEP before your hook up and were also taking it every day for at least 2 days after your hook up on Monday, there may be enough medication in your body to protect you from possible HIV transmission, because this would look similar to on-demand dosage (although it is not exactly what the PrEP guidelines recommend). You can find more about On-demand and the other ways to take PrEP here: https://endinghiv.org.au/blog/new-ways-to-take-prep/. However, on-demand PrEP is only recommended for cis guys. Ending HIV is looked after by a bunch of community peers so we aren’t doctors who can provide medical advice. We highly recommend you give your doctor or PrEP prescriber a call over the phone as soon as possible to discuss your dosing strategies, sexual behaviours, risks and to provide any medical advice or support you may need. If you live in NSW and have further sexual health questions you can also call the Sexual Health Infolink at 1800 451 624 where a sexual health nurse can answer your questions over the phone.

I ran an oralquick HIV test at home ,the control line was bold and no line on the T area ,after the manufacturers 20 mins time of interpreting the results. a few weeks later i picked it up again to do a proper throwing it away to the wastebin and i discovered a very faint line on the T area,ever since then i have become restless.does this mean iam positive?

Hi there, thanks for your question. In this circumstance, we would recommend you get in touch with the test's manufacturer or the company that produced the testing kit. Alternatively, you could get a follow up blood test from a sexual health clinic or your doctor to confirm the result. It takes time for HIV to be detected in the body. Most people who’ve been exposed to HIV will test positive within one month after exposure, but a small number of people take up to three months. This period is known as ‘the window period’. The window period is the time between HIV infection and the production of antibodies; a lot of HIV transmission occurs because guys don’t know that they have HIV developing in the window period. So, if you test negative at three months after your potential exposure to HIV, it will almost always mean you do not have HIV, if there has been no risk of transmission in the meantime. However, if you’ve continued to be sexually active then you will need to get tested again. We always recommend confirming the window period of your tests with your provider. If you’re getting tested within the window period, you will need to get tested again after the period for a conclusive result for your HIV status. We recommend to people who are sexually active to get tested for HIV and STIs 4 times a year (every 3 months) with their doctor or local sexual health clinic. You can read more about HIV testing and the window period on our website here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/all-about-testing/

I wanna get prep where should we get ?

Hi there, thanks for your question. You can get PrEP over the counter at pharmacies across Australia, or through online pharmacies such as those that can be found at 'PrEP Access Now' website: https://www.pan.org.au/buy-prep-online/. Your first step should be chatting with your doctor about starting on PrEP, they'll ask you some questions to determine your eligibility and do some tests. After this they'll give you a script which you can use to get PrEP at the pharmacy! Find out more information about getting PrEP here: https://endinghiv.org.au/stay-safe/prep/

I recently had sex with sex worker ( vaginal) but while having sex I used 2 condoms at a time what are my chances of getting hiv positive

Hi there, thanks for your question. Wearing two condoms at once is not recommended as this is likely to cause friction between the two condoms and make either more likely to tear. On this occasion, if you didn't notice any breaks or tears in the condom then you should have been protected from HIV transmission. We recommended anyone who is sexually active to test for HIV and other STIs once every three months as part of an ongoing practice. You can read more about using condoms on our site here: https://endinghiv.org.au/stay-safe/all-about-condoms/

What if i have HIV and just found out but ejaculated on someones face the day before are they at risk?

Hi there, thanks for your question. The risk of HIV being transmitted by having sperm on your face would be considered zero risk. For HIV to be transmitted, it requires the bodily fluids (either blood, semen, anal or front hole fluids) of a person living with HIV who is not on effective treatment to enter the bloodstream of a HIV negative person. This is often through unprotected sexual intercourse or sharing injecting equipment. If you've recently been diagnosed HIV positive, we understand this could be a difficult situation for you at the moment and hope you are receiving support after your diagnosis. It is important for you to access HIV treatment as soon as possible, which would provide you with greater health benefits. The earlier you start treatment the better. People living with HIV who are on effective treatment can also suppress the viral load of HIV in their bodies to such a low level that we call it ‘undetectable.’ People living with HIV with an ‘undetectable viral load’ (UVL) cannot transmit HIV to another person. You can access HIV treatment by getting in touch with your GP, a sexual health clinic or hospital. You can read more about HIV treatment and UVL on our website here: https://endinghiv.org.au/treat-early/all-about-treatment/. ACON also provides may HIV support services for people who have recently been diagnosed. This includes HIV counselling and one-on-one peer support, which connects you with other HIV positive people. ACON’s HIV support programs also provide free workshops called Genesis, which is a safe, confidential and supportive space for newly diagnosed guys. You can read more about ACON’s HIV Support on their website here: https://www.acon.org.au/what-we-are-here-for/hiv-support/. If you would like to find out more, you can also get in touch at (02) 9206 2000.

HIV 4th generation test negative at 11 weeks & a HIV RNA qualitative test negative at 12 weeks. Does this mean I’m conclusive?

Your HIV test results are accurate and conclusive if you were tested outside of the window period (12 weeks after the potential exposure). This will not take into account if there has been a risk of transmission since then. If you’ve continued to be sexually active, you will need to get tested again. We recommend to people who are sexually active to get tested for HIV and STIs 4 times a year (every 3 months) with their doctor or local sexual health clinic. You can read more about HIV testing and the window period on our website here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/all-about-testing/

If a women have HIV and i first slept with her is it possibly for me to get HIV from her?

Hi there, thanks for your question. If you and your partner did not use either condoms, PrEP or an Undetectable Viral Load to protect yourselves from HIV, then there may have been risk of HIV transmission. If you think have been exposed to HIV in the last 72 hours then you might be able to access PEP, a short course of HIV medication that can prevent HIV. You can learn all about PEP and how to access it here: https://endinghiv.org.au/stay-safe/pep/ If it's been longer than 72 hours since your potential exposure, then the best thing to do will be to get tested for HIV. Your result will be within the window period, so it's recommended that you test again at 3 months after the potential exposure to confirm the result. We recommend any guy who is sexually active to get tested for HIV once every three months.

I had test hiv 37 weeks and it was negative 4th generation antigen/antibody, do I need another test

Hi there, thanks for your question! Your HIV test results are accurate and conclusive if you were tested outside of the window period (12 weeks after the potential exposure). This will not take into account if there has been a risk of transmission since then. If you’ve continued to be sexually active, you will need to get tested again. We recommend to people who are sexually active to get tested for HIV and STIs 4 times a year (every 3 months) with their doctor or local sexual health clinic. You can read more about HIV testing and the window period on our website here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/all-about-testing/

When is hiv test conclusive?

Hi there, thanks for your question. It takes time for HIV to be detected in the body. Most people who’ve been exposed to HIV will test positive within one month after exposure, but a small number of people take up to three months. This period is known as ‘the window period’. The window period is the time between HIV infection and the production of antibodies; a lot of HIV transmission occurs because guys don’t know that they have HIV developing in the window period. So, if you test negative at three months after your potential exposure to HIV, it will almost always mean you do not have HIV, if there has been no risk of transmission in the meantime. However, if you’ve continued to be sexually active then you will need to get tested again. We always recommend confirming the window period of your tests with your provider. If you’re getting tested within the window period, you will need to get tested again after the period for a conclusive result for your HIV status. We recommend to people who are sexually active to get tested for HIV and STIs 4 times a year (every 3 months) with their doctor or local sexual health clinic. You can read more about HIV testing and the window period on our website here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/all-about-testing/