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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 would like to get tested and get prescriptions for PReP but in my area of peak hill nsw and there dont seem to be any anywhere in my area

Hi there, thanks for your question. While it may seem challenging at first to find a location to test and get a script for PrEP, the good news is that any doctor, even your local GP, can do all necessary testing and writing of a script for PrEP for you. It’s worth noting though that while any doctor can prescribe PrEP, each of them will have varying levels of understanding of PrEP. So to help navigate the conversation, check out our blog article here: https://endinghiv.org.au/blog/talking-about-prep-with-your-doctor/ which includes a link to a downloadable letter with all the information that your doctor needs (such as what to screen you for and what to write on the script). It might also help to call the doctor in advance to ask their knowledge around PrEP and gauge your comfortability with them. If you have any concerns or run in to any issues with finding and talking to a doctor, you can call the NSW Sexual Health Info Link on 1800 451 624 who may be able to offer further assistance.

How much does it cost for having a Test?

Hi there, thanks for your question. In NSW, there are a range of ways to get tested and the cost will depend on where you go and if you have or don’t have a Medicare card. But in most cases, you can get tested for free, or at a small cost. If you live in Sydney, ACON’s a[TEST] service is free and offers rapid HIV testing and STI screening. Book an appointment today with a[TEST] at: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/book-a-test/. If you would like the option to test for HIV at home, you[TEST] is a free service that can send you a HIV testing kit at home for you to perform the test yourself. Find out more about you[TEST] here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/book-a-test-at-youtest/. At many other places, such as at sexual health clinics or bulk-billing practices, it is also usually free, and there are clinics and practices across NSW. Find a testing service near you: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/where-to-get-tested/. Otherwise, if you visit a doctor who does not bulk-bill or a private practice, fees for the consultation and pathology may apply. Regardless of where you go, it might be a good idea to confirm if costs are involved either before or when making a booking to avoid any surprises later!

Is 4th generation test for hiv accurate after 32 days of exposure and the results was non reactive?

Hi, Thanks for your question. Tests for HIV can have a window period of between 2 weeks and 3 months depending on the test. The window period is the amount of time it takes for a reactive result to appear in the test after possible exposure to HIV. A test at 32 days may still in the window period depending on your test. We recommend contacting the medical centre that provided you your test to confirm what their window period is, and if your result is conclusive for your HIV status. If you got tested within the window period, you will need to get tested again for a conclusive result. If you’ve continued to be sexually active, we also recommend getting routine sexual health check-ups and getting tested for HIV and STIs 4 times a year (every 3 months) with your doctor or local sexual health clinic. If you have more sexual health questions you can call the Sexual Health Infolink at 1800 451 624 where a sexual health nurse can answer your questions over the phone.

Hello,I have test negative after 3 months but I was tested negative.am feeling discomfort penis foreskin what could be it I or sti

Hi, Thanks for your question. Tests for HIV have a window period of between 2 weeks and 3 months depending on the test. The ‘window period’ is the amount of time it takes for a reactive result to appear in a HIV test after being exposed to HIV. We always recommend confirming with your test provider what their window periods are. Your test at 3 months after your possible exposure to HIV sits outside the window period. This means that the results you received would have been conclusive for your HIV status. However, if you’ve continued to be sexually active, you will need to get tested again. We recommend to anyone who is 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 testing on our website here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/all-about-testing/. In terms of your other question there could be numerous reasons that you are having discomfort with your foreskin, including having an STI. We highly recommend you get tested for HIV and STIs as soon as possible with your doctor or local sexual health clinic. If you’ve continued to be sexually active, we recommend getting tested as part of your routine 4 times a year (every 3 months) so that you are always aware of your HIV status. 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/. If you live in NSW and have further questions, you can call the Sexual Health Infolink at 1800 451 624 where a nurse can answer your questions over the phone.

I had an oral sex with someone I met for the very first time and also deep kiss, but now am worried of being infected with STD and HIV please help.

Hi, Thanks for your question. Oral sex is considered very low to no risk for HIV transmissions. This risk can increase if there are cuts or sores in the mouth of the person giving oral sex and there’s cumming in the mouth. However, this risk is still considered low. However, the transmission of other STIs such as gonorrhoea or chlamydia can be different during oral sex. Often, these STIs can show no symptoms but are also easily treatable. We recommend to anyone who is sexually active to have routine sexual health check-ups and to get tested for HIV and STIs 4 times a year (every 3 months) with their doctor or local sexual health clinic. 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/. If you have more sexual health questions you can call the Sexual Health Infolink at 1800 451 624 where a sexual health nurse can answer your questions over the phone.

Sntibody test negative at 28 days,92daye and 8months all come back negative is it conclusive

Hi, Thanks for your question. Tests for HIV have a window period of between 2 weeks and 3 months depending on the test. The ‘window period’ is the amount of time it takes for a reactive result to appear in a HIV test after being exposed to HIV. We always recommend confirming with your test provider what their window periods are. Your test at 8 months after your possible exposure to HIV sits outside the window period. This means that the results you received would have been conclusive for your HIV status. However, if you’ve continued to be sexually active, you will need to get tested again. We recommend to anyone who is 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 testing on our website here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/all-about-testing/. If you live in NSW and have further questions, you can call the Sexual Health Infolink at 1800 451 624 where a nurse can answer your questions over the phone.

How long does hiv antibodies stay in hiv infected person Does hiv antibodies goes away from infected person blood

Hi, Thank you for your question. If someone is living with HIV they will continue to produce HIV antibodies to fight the virus. The only way to reduce HIV antibodies for someone living with HIV is to start HIV treatment. This is known as anti-retroviral therapy (ART). ART attacks the HIV in a person’s body. This means the amount of anti-bodies produced are significantly less as the medication is fighting the virus, not just the body. In fact, medication these days is so effective, that it can bring a person’s antibody count down to undetectable levels. To learn more about undetectable viral loads please check out this page: https://endinghiv.org.au/treat-early/undetectable-faq/

Have been exposed six months still negative am I negative

Hi, Thanks for your question. Tests for HIV have a window period of between 2 weeks and 3 months depending on the test. The ‘window period’ is the amount of time it takes for a reactive result to appear in a HIV test after being exposed to HIV. We always recommend confirming with your test provider what their window periods are. Your test at 6 months after your possible exposure to HIV sits outside the window period. This means that the results you received would have been conclusive for your HIV status. However, if you’ve continued to be sexually active, you will need to get tested again. We recommend to anyone who is 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 testing on our website here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/all-about-testing/. If you live in NSW and have further questions, you can call the Sexual Health Infolink at 1800 451 624 where a nurse can answer your questions over the phone.

How to conclusive hiv rna pcr test accuracy 10 days? I did a Pcr Rna hiv1 test at 10 days and the results were not detected.After that at 16 days I did a 3rd generation rapid test of negative results.After 30 days I repeat rapid test 3rd generation and results negative. Is this test a good indicator and the probability can change to be positive? Please help me for answering questions

Hi, Thanks for your question. Tests for HIV can have a window period of between 2 weeks and 3 months depending on the test. The window period is the amount of time it takes for a reactive result to appear in the test after possible exposure to HIV. A test at 10, 16 and 30 days may still in the window period depending on your test. We recommend contacting the medical centre that provided you your test to confirm what their window period is, and if your result is conclusive for your HIV status. If you got tested within the window period, you will need to get tested again for a conclusive result. If you’ve continued to be sexually active, we also recommend getting routine sexual health check-ups and getting tested for HIV and STIs 4 times a year (every 3 months) with your doctor or local sexual health clinic. If you have more sexual health questions you can call the Sexual Health Infolink at 1800 451 624 where a sexual health nurse can answer your questions over the phone.