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I had an encounter with a female sex worker in which she gave me oral sex with a condom. We did not change condoms when having vaginal sex. I did not ejaculate and stopped in the middle when common sense finally kicked in. Is this high risk behaviour for catching HIV and should I be considering going on PEP?
Hi, and thanks for your question The risk of HIV transmission to the male partner from the type of encounter you have described is extremely low. We would not recommend HIV Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) in this instance. In addition to the encounter being considered extremely low risk, the risk of potential side effects and harm from the PEP medication would far outweigh any potential... Read Full Answer
I recently got tested for HIV serology at a Lifelabs in Toronto using a requisition given to me by a doctor that did not include my name, health card info or anything identifying for that matter because we had specifically agreed that I prefer this test being anonymous. The Lifelabs I went to told me they would "forward the results to my doctor". I called the clinic today to check if my results had come back in; they told me that the results had indeed come back though they (the front desk) do...
Hi, and thank you for your question I cannot speak specifically about the procedures set in place by your doctor or the clinic that you went to in Toronto. However, I can say that accessing test results from a doctor often requires you to book an appointment to see the doctor and go over the results in person. Usually, when testing anonymously, there is a code or ID number assigned to the... Read Full Answer
Hi I just want to know when is the best time of the day to take a StI test?
Hello and thank you for your question. For most STI tests there is not a preferred time of day to do the testing. That said, when submitting a urine sample you need to have not urinated for at least 2 hours prior to giving the sample for an STI screen. Let us know if this does not answer your question or if you have any more questions or concerns. Health Nurse
I went through the get checked Lab Form. I'm wondering why there is no test for Herpes. I have a small red bump at the base of the shaft of my penis. No discharge. Not painful. Not itchy. But is it not possible that this could be Herpes and if so, why is there no test on the list of suggested tests?
Hi and thank you for your questions. Herpes is not part of the routine testing offered through Get Checked Online (GCO). As stated on the Get Checked Online website in the “What can I test for?” section only Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, HIV, Syphilis, Hepatitis C tests are offered. If you would like to get tested for other kinds of STIs, you will need to visit a clinic or see your doctor.... Read Full Answer
Hello, According to several official resources a new HIV strain has been recently discovered. It's HIV group M subtype L. Does the 4th generation tests in British Columbia catch this strain? https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/06/health/hiv-new-strain-discovered/index.html https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/health/New-HIV-Strain-564641321.html
Hi, and thanks for your question The 4th Generation HIV test that we use for HIV testing in British Columbia is an antibody test. This means it tests for the antibody that is present in an individual’s blood when they have been exposed to the virus. These antibodies are not specific to a particular strain of HIV. Antibodies can be detected reliably 3 months or more after exposure to HIV,... Read Full Answer