I am a little confused. I posted a question a few months ago regarding a low risk activity I had with a female escort in the UK. This was receiving oral sex from her and having vaginal sex with a condom. 5 weeks later, at Gum clinic, I went for a HIV, Hep B & STD test and all results came back negative. I have not been for any further tests. The reason I tested in the first place was because I had all sorts of HIV symptoms between 2 – 8 weeks after the event described. When I posted my question Doctor Sean kindly replied saying said no risk so I have more or less forgotten about this event now.
But, I have just read on the back of a pack of Durex condoms – “condoms cannot protect you 100% against Pregnancy, HIV and Sexual transmitted infections”. This has got me worried. The escort i used provided the condom so unsure which type of condom we used. Also, i was a little bit tipsy so I'm not 100% sure if the condom was intact on finish, but by the sound of it I would have felt it slip or tear.
Do I need any further testing?
How reliable is a negative HIV result at 5 weeks?
The manufacturers will always write that kind of statement to cover themselves, and of course, there is no 100% on anything to do with Medicine, but the closest you can be to that figure. My advice to you would continue being the same as my colleague's Dr Sean Cummings, to forget about it. In any case, if the test performed was a HIV Duo, this would have been conclusive already at 5 weeks.
Most people who have been infected, would test positive even only after 2-3 weeks, with the antibody test. However a negative result would only be conclusive after 12 weeks.
Hi Dr Jose - i have had a negative antibody test at 11 weeks and 1 day post exposure my risk was insertive anal sex with a prostitute, you say it is only conclusive after 12/52's do you think i should retest for the sake of 6/365's?
please help i was ok after the result but feel now i should go back, what are your thoughts please? they will be greatly appreciated.