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wonder if i should proceed for testing? If yes when?

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I had a recent protected intercourse with sex worker. During sex, she bleed due to intensity. Immediately wash off the blood on the penis(condom on) and remove it when the blood was washed off. i m very worried now and wonder if i should proceed for testing? If yes when shd i be testing it?


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replied August 6th, 2016
Sexual Health - Men Answer A58301
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There is a window period of at least 12 weeks, before considering any HIV test result as conclusive . Tests done before 12 weeks help only to monitor and if they turn positive, it helps to initiate anti-retroviral therapy at the earliest.

Risk of acquiring HIV are as follows:
A. Female-to-male transmission is 0.04% per act and
B. Male-to-female transmission is 0.08% per act.
C. The rate for receptive anal intercourse is much higher, 1.7% per act

The infectivity of a HIV positive person depends on the HIV load detected in the infected person. If the viral load of a person is higher than 3500 copies/ ml, then the risk of getting infected would be higher.

In case, you are not sure, about the HIV status of your partner, and there is no way, you can confirm it, then you should get tested for HIV and other STDs. Having a negative test result will help you clear the fear of being infected with HIV.

As per CDC recommendations, the only test used to screen for HIV is the ELISA test, which detects HIV antibodies in the body secretions and or blood. The 4th generation ELISA tests for HIV, detects both the HIV antibody as well as antigens of HIV virus. Hence the test that is very accurate and sensitive at detecting HIV infection. This test can be done after 4 weeks of exposure. If found negative, the test should repeat it every 4 weeks until 12 weeks.

In case the test results are negative after 12 weeks, then you can consider yourself as HIV free.

I hope this helps.


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