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Shaurya:
I had unprotected sex with a hiv positive female who stopped taking her medications two months prior to sexual intercourse. Am I at high risk of contracting hiv? Its been a month now since the sexual intercourse.

Jim Allen:
Hi.

Since you had condomless sex it was a risk.

Test to confirm your HIV status with a blood-drawn HIV antibodies test at 6 weeks post-incident, a negative result at that time will rarely ever change. If you wish you can re-test at 3 months post-incident for peace of mind.

Did you take PEP over this incident?

Here's what you need to know to avoid HIV infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, every time, no exceptions. Consider talking to your health care provider about taking PrEP going forward as an additional layer of HIV protection.

Keep in mind that some sexual practices which may be described as ‘safe’ in terms of HIV transmission might still pose a risk for transmission of other STI's, so please do get fully tested regularly and at least yearly for all STI's including but not limited to HIV and test more frequently if unprotected intercourse occurs

Also, note that it is possible to have an STI and show no signs or symptoms and the only way of knowing is by testing.

Kind regards

Jim

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Shaurya:
No unfortunately I wasn't on prep. Well I talked to hiv+ person and she said that her doctor had said that if she stops taking medications her virus won't replicate until around 6 months. Does that mean I m not at risk? I wasn't able to test myself because of lockdown. I plan to get tested in the upcoming week.

Jim Allen:

--- Quote from: Shaurya on May 20, 2021, 12:06:26 pm ---No unfortunately I wasn't on prep. Well I talked to hiv+ person and she said that her doctor had said that if she stops taking medications her virus won't replicate until around 6 months. Does that mean I m not at risk? I wasn't able to test myself because of lockdown. I plan to get tested in the upcoming week.

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Yes, this encounter was an HIV risk, you had condomless intercourse. Test when you can to confirm your HIV status.

As for viral rebound, it can happen as short as 2 weeks for some people, studies after stopping modern treatment showed the same patterns as seen with older treatments.

Now Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) could have provided you with an additional layer of protection before this encounter, I was asking about post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) but I take it from the answer you did not take this either.

Jim.

Jim Allen:
So consider this a warning, you know why.

Also, there is nothing more to say on the topic. You had a risk and need to test to confirm your HIV status. So test when due as explained.


--- Quote from: Jim Allen on May 03, 2021, 06:33:32 pm ---Hi.

Since you had condomless sex it was a risk.

Test to confirm your HIV status with a blood-drawn HIV antibodies test at 6 weeks post-incident, a negative result at that time will rarely ever change. If you wish you can re-test at 3 months post-incident for peace of mind.

Here's what you need to know to avoid HIV infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, every time, no exceptions. Consider talking to your health care provider about taking PrEP going forward as an additional layer of HIV protection.

Keep in mind that some sexual practices which may be described as ‘safe’ in terms of HIV transmission might still pose a risk for transmission of other STI's, so please do get fully tested regularly and at least yearly for all STI's including but not limited to HIV and test more frequently if unprotected intercourse occurs

Also, note that it is possible to have an STI and show no signs or symptoms and the only way of knowing is by testing.

Kind regards

Jim

Please Note.
As a member of the "Do I have HIV?" Forum you are required to only post in this one thread no matter how long between visits or the subject matter. You can find this thread by going to your profile and selecting show own post and it will take you here. It helps us to help you when you keep all your thoughts or questions in one thread and it helps other readers to follow the discussion. Any additional threads will be deleted.


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