The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App 
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
Ask the Experts About

Safe Sex and HIV PreventionSafe Sex and HIV Prevention
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
Recent AnswersAsk a Question
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

Quick question about tests

Dec 27, 2010

Quick Question: I had a very low risk "exposure" (protected sex with sex worker) exactly 8 weeks ago today. I had a test donw at 3, 4 and 7 weeks, all neg. I had some symptoms such as random cold sores (which stopped 2 weeks ago). I have had a rash on my chest for about 3 weeks, and on my neck (which may or may not be razor burn). GOing to get tested again at the 12 week mark, should I be worried about the rash (no fever, etc.). Please let me know....Happy Holidays!!

Response from Dr. Frascino


No, you should not be worried. Protected sex is considered "protected," assuming the latex condom was used properly and did not fail (break). Symptoms are notoriously unreliable in predicting who is and is not HIV infected. Your negative HIV tests out to seven weeks are encouraging, but not definitive. I'm confident your conclusive 12-week test will remain negative.

Good luck. Happy holidays.

Dr. Bob

RE: TESTING LIMITATIONS--will donate again

  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

 Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS



This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.

Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint