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What is the window period for 4th gen test? Is 6 weeks conclusive?

Hi, Thanks for your question. The window period for HIV tests can be anywhere between 2 weeks to 12 weeks, and is dependent on the test and the individual. We recommend getting in touch with the medical centre that provided your test to confirm the window period of their tests.

Can you catch anything if a guy cums on your tongue

Thanks for your question. The risk of HIV being transmitted this way is considered very low to no risk. However, this can be different for other STIs such as gonorrhoea and chlamydia. These STIs can often have no symptoms but are easily treatable. We recommend to anyone who is sexually active to have routine sexual health check-ups with their doctor or local sexual health clinic 4 times a year (every 3 months). 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/.

Hello i had sex with a transgender (i paid her) i was only topping, (inserting) i used a condom can i have hiv? And is it easy for a condom to rip? And i am circumsised, does this give extra safety for me?

Hi, Thanks for your question. When used correctly, condoms are highly effective in preventing HIV transmission. If you used a condom correctly, there would have been no risk of HIV transmission. We explain on our website the correct way to use a condom step by step and the which lubes to use that won’t break the condom here: https://endinghiv.org.au/stay-safe/all-about-condoms/. Although circumcision can slightly reduce the risk of HIV transmission, it does not completely eliminate the risk and is not considered an effective HIV prevention strategy. The best way to prevent HIV is to be using one of the following effective HIV prevention methods; condoms, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) or undetectable viral load (UVL). You can read more about these options on our website here: https://endinghiv.org.au/stay-safe/.

I had unprotected oral sex about 5.5 months back. I took PEP and had a negative 4th gen test at 4.5 months after PEP. I also tested for STI's, Hep C and Hep B. I still have symptoms like diarrhoea and fatigue. I don't know what to do. Further in my country PEP is not available at govt. clinics and there is not much awareness and the doctor won't recommend a RNA test for HIV. I am worried about my health.

Hi, Thanks for your question. Oral sex is considered very low to no risk for HIV transmission. This means that the risk of HIV transmission is very unlikely through unprotected oral sex. However, this can be different for the transmissions of STIs so we do recommend to anyone who is sexually active to have regular sexual health check-ups with their doctor or local sexual health clinic. It’s great to hear that you’ve been having these tests with your doctor and that your results have been coming back negative. The symptoms you’re describing can be caused by many different things so it’s important to seek further medical advice from your doctor. If your symptoms are persisting, we would recommend seeking further support from a health professional.

Is there a way to figure out when I was exposed?

Hi, Thanks for your question. Figuring out the exact moment you have been exposed to HIV can be difficult to trace if you’ve had multiple sexual partners within a period of time. If you are ever in a situation where you think you have potentially been exposed to HIV, you can access post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), which is a 4 week course of treatment that needs to be started within 72 hours of possible exposure that is highly effective in preventing HIV transmission. You can access PEP at sexual health clinics, hospital emergency departments or through the PEP Hotline (1800 PEP NOW or 1800 737 669). You can also find more info on how to get PEP here: https://www.getpep.info/. Also the best way to look after your sexual health is to make sure you are getting a sexual health check-up with your doctor or local sexual health clinic 4 times a year (every 3 months) and that you are using an effective HIV prevention strategy when having sex, which includes condoms, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) or undetectable viral load (UVL). You can read about those options here: https://endinghiv.org.au/stay-safe/.

Hi just inquiring that I’ve slept with a guy who was positive undetectable and we didn’t used a Condom and also came in him but I am negative and all clear . He said he on his medication as well just wondering all should be ok or should I book a test in to make sure kind regards charlie

Hi, Thanks for your question. A person living with HIV who is effectively taking their treatment and sustaining an undetectable viral load (UVL) cannot transmit HIV to a HIV negative person. In fact, most people living with HIV in Australia who are aware of their HIV status are on treatment and have a UVL. In your case, the risk of HIV transmission from that encounter would have been zero. You can read more about UVL on our website here: https://endinghiv.org.au/treat-early/about-undetectable/. In saying that, having sex without condoms can pose risks for the transmission of other STIs (which can easily be treated!). We recommend to anyone who is sexually active to get tested four times a year for HIV and STIs (or once 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/.

I'm located in cope st, I'm not from the area and have misplaced my medication trimeque. Unsure 2hat to do where to go. Very stressed anxious

Hi There, we’re sorry to hear that you have misplaced your medication and are feeling anxious as a result. The good news is, there are people who can help! You mentioned you were in cope st which we assume to be in Redfern/Cleveland, if that’s the case the first service we would recommend is RPA Sexual Health Centre. This service doesn’t require you to have medicare and will be able to see you and help you access your medication. You can find their info here: https://www.slhd.nsw.gov.au/CommunityHealth/SexualHealth/locations.html Give them a call and they can walk you through the process. Another service that would be able to assist you is the Albion Centre. This is located in Surry Hills and could assist you to access medication too and also don’t require you to have medicare for them to be able to assist. There details are here: http://thealbioncentre.org.au/ Both services are safe, friendly and will be able to assist. If you do however need to speak to someone for further assistance a good person to contact is David Crawford at Positive life, his details are: DavidC@positivelife.org.au & 9206 2177 He will be happy to answer any questions you might have, otherwise the Peer Education team at ACON can also help. Just call 02 9206 2000 and ask to speak to Justin or Lionel from the Peer education team. Thanks again for your message and we hope to be in touch.

Hello, i recently recieved unprotected oral sex, is there a possibility i got hiv?

Hi, Thanks for your question. Oral sex is considered very low to no risk for HIV transmission. However, this can be different for other STIs. We recommend to anyone who is sexually active to have regular sexual health check-ups with their doctor or local sexual health clinic. Here is also some more info on HIV if you would like to know more: https://endinghiv.org.au/sti/hiv/ 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/.

I have this chronic cough that refuses to go I did a hiv test it said I’m reactive but a rapid unigold said I’m Negative another test also said negative

Hi, Thanks for your question. We would recommend getting in touch with your healthcare provider who conducted your HIV tests to clarify your results.