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I had a sexual contact with a sex worker and I am worried because I used a condom but I had shaved my pubic region 5 hours before sex and I am afraid some vaginal fluid would have come t contact with the razor nicks. My testing results are as below: 22 days ELISA: Negative 25 days HIV RNA PCR: undetectable for both hiv-1 and hiv-2 58 days ELISA: Weak positive (1.1) and using the same sample the Inno Lia immunoassay and the dot blot were completely Negative. Can you please give me your opinion? I am a student and My life has been mesirable since then :( ... Thank you for your kind answers


You do not have hiv and you never had a risk in the first place. Getting vaginal fluids on an area where you shaved does not constitute a risk.

Hiv is a fragile, difficult to transmit virus that is primarily transmitted INSIDE the human body, as in unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse where the virus never leaves the confines of the two bodies.

Once outside the body, small changes in temperature, and pH and moisture levels all quickly damage hiv and render it unable to infect. For this reason, you're not going to become infected from getting vaginal fluids where you shaved.

Here's what you need to know in order to avoid hiv infection:

You need to be using condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, every time, no exceptions until such time as you are in a securely monogamous relationship where you have both tested for ALL sexually transmitted infections together.

To agree to have unprotected intercourse is to consent to the possibility of being infected with an STI. Sex without a condom lasts only a matter of minutes, but hiv is forever.

Have a look through the condom and lube links in my signature line so you can use condoms with confidence.

ALTHOUGH YOU DO NOT NEED TO TEST FOR HIV SPECIFICALLY OVER THIS NO RISK SITUATION, anyone who is sexually active should be having a full sexual health care check-up, including but not limited to hiv testing, at least once a year and more often if unprotected intercourse occurs.

You do not need further hiv testing at this time. You are conclusively hiv negative.

If you aren't already having regular, routine check-ups, now is the time to start. As long as you make sure condoms are being used for intercourse, you can fully expect your routine hiv tests to return with negative results.

Don't forget to always get checked for all the other sexually transmitted infections as well, because they are MUCH easier to transmit than hiv. Some of the other STIs can be present with no obvious symptoms, so the only way to know for sure is to test.

Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, and you will avoid hiv infection. It really is that simple!


Dear Ann,

Thank you for your reply. You really help. I want to be honest. this was my third time having sex in my life and I was very anxious and very sad for a couple of reasons. First because I had sex with a sex worker, something that I never wanted to make but something wrong was going with me then. Second I was afraid that at the age of 21 and only from 3 sexual contacts I would contract hiv. I have always been looking for a brightfuture for myself and was realky stressed from what happened. Third, believe it or not , I lived a nightmare when the not very smart doctor told me on phone that I was borderline positive in ELISA and I had to wait 24 hours before my other tests showed negative. since then I try everyday to get over it but I cannot. Even though my friends were beside me and tried to reassure me, but your answer helped way more since it seems you know more stuff than my friends who never got involved in this. I will try to move on and know that yiu have helped too much. keep the good work you all are amazing :)

one last question. what do you think about the RNA PCR test?. how accurate isnt generally? thats just for more information since I completely understood you answer of no risk :) ! and also, the window period. are 58 days goid enough for the essays to give a true negative result?

Thank you very mucjph again :)


The PCR tests are not meant to be used for diagnostic purposes.

What's important where you are concerned is:

1. You did NOT have a risk for hiv infection.

2. You have tested conclusively negative.

You do NOT have hiv!


Thank you again. your answer helped a lot :) I will go back to my normal life I don't wanna get caught in this vagous cycle of infected-not-infected. and I wish sometime we will find a way to help those who were victims of this virus. Hope is the important thing! and please keep reassurng people because those who think they are infected are very much concerned that theystart to think out of logic.

Regards, :)


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