what's my risk?
Aug 19, 2013
I had unprotected gay sex over a week ago - I was the insertive partner. I topped without proper lubrication or condom for about 30-60 seconds before pulling out. I went to see my Doctor about 60 hours after the incident, and she prescribed me PEP. At that time, I also took an ab test, viral load test, as well as other sti tests.
All of these tests came back negative.
I'm wondering what the conclusiveness of these tests are - especially the viral load test, which I am not as familiar with. I've been sweating bullets over this, and am looking for all the advice I can get.
Thank you so much for all your work.
Response from Mr. Cordova
A viral load test can be quite accurate that early after suspected transmission of HIV. However, a negative test result must still be confirmed at the 90 day mark, and even a positive viral load test would be followed up with a confirmatory Western Blot test.
Since you didn't use a condom, the risk was higher. That aside, this was still a fairly low-risk situation. It was one-time, brief, and you were the insertive partner. This all adds up to transmission not being very likely.
If you would like a conclusive test result then I would suggest an antibody test at the 90 day mark. I am confident the result will be negative.
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 TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.