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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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how long to test after pep. 3 months or 6 months?

Hi there, thanks for your question. Testing for HIV can be done after the window period, three months after a potential exposure, however as you are taking PEP we'd recommend speaking with your PEP provider to determine the optimal date for testing.

I had one exposure with condom I doubted is there condom break but I tested hiv 1 and 2 test in 2 weeks and after 5 months both are negative but I currently experiencing some red spots and fungal infection in my body. I worried lot. Please reply me can I test again or no need

Hi there, thanks for your question. Your HIV test results are accurate and conclusive as 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 every 3 months with their doctor or local sexual health clinic. Considering you are experiencing a fungal infection and other symptoms we'd recommend seeking out the advice of a doctor for diagnosis and treatment. You can read more about HIV testing and the window period on our website here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/all-about-testing/

Hello, I tested for HIV after 3 months but the result was negative, but still my tongue was black hairy and I also experience some open painless sores on my lip and the side of my tongue that come and go. is there any chance of my HIV negative result at 3 months letter change to positive. please help.

Your HIV test results are accurate and conclusive as 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 every 3 months with their doctor or local sexual health clinic. Considering you are experiencing other symptoms we'd suggest seeking out a doctor for further advice. You can read more about HIV testing and the window period on our website here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/all-about-testing/

Hello, I wanted to ask can we consider the 4th generation HIV test negative at 7.5 weeks conclusive post very low-risk expsoure.

Hi there, conclusive testing results can only be determined after the window period, 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. As you've been 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/

Is hiv test accureat after 1 year and 7 month after exposure?

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/

Hi, I'm currently on PEP and I wonder if it protects me from getting infected by HIV as PrEP does.

Hi, Thanks for your question. PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) is a course of HIV treatment you take AFTER you’ve possibly been exposed to HIV to prevent an infection. The treatment must be started within 72 hours of possible exposure for it to be effective, and the course of the treatment goes for 4 weeks. However, PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is taken by HIV negative people before sex to prevent HIV transmissions. For PrEP to be effective it must be taken daily. Cis guys also have the option of taking it on-demand, which you can read more about here: https://endinghiv.org.au/blog/new-ways-to-take-prep/. PEP is effective if it is taken and adhered to correctly as prescribed. If you have any concerns about the effectiveness of PEP or have any further questions, we recommend contacting the medical centre that provided it. You can also head to the Get PEP website (https://www.getpep.info/) or call the PEP Hotline at 1800 PEP NOW (1800 737 669) for more info. If you 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.

What would you like to ask us? Hello, I had an unprotected sex with my new girlfriend of an unknown status, two weeks after the sex I start having some sores on my lower lip which are painless and side of my tongue, I now realize that the bumps on my tongue are growing bigger and the tongue is changing colour, it first turn to brown hairy and letter turn to black hairy, I now experience that I'm losing weight and also feel that my body sometimes is weak. continuously, I now realize that my breathing was getting short and also find out some tiny pimples on my back. I tested at week 1,2,3,4,5, to 10 weeks which I am now at eleven weeks but the result are all negative. I now decided to test for typhoid and malaria but the result came back positive. Right now I don't know what to do, I am still worried about the HIV, please helpppp me.

Hi, Thanks for getting in touch. Tests for HIV can have a window period of between 2 weeks and 3 months (12 weeks) depending on the test. The window period is the amount of time it takes for a reactive result to appear in the test after an exposure to HIV. All of your HIV tests may have possibly happened during the window period and may not have provided a conclusive result for your HIV status. We would recommending contacting the medical centre that provided your tests to ask what their window period is and if your results are conclusive. If you got tested during the window period, you will need to get tested again for a conclusive result. However, you’ve shared with us that your typhoid and malaria tests came back positive and that you’re experiencing some serious symptoms. We recommend contacting your doctor as soon as possible to seek further medical advice and attention.

I have Slightly swollen lymph nodes in both side of my neck and groin .fatigue..ear pain..post nasal drip ,itchy eyes and recently an itchy rash in my buttocks line after having unprotected sex 2months ago...I tested negative after 6weeks..

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. As you’ve been 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.

Hello there, is the hiv 4th generation test conclusive 12 weeks post exposure?

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/