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Regarding HIV testing, when is it necessary for one to re-test at 6 months? Under what conditions should one re-test at the 6 months?
Hi. I’m not quite sure if you are asking about routine testing or HIV window periods. Here is a bit of info on both: When to get routine testing depends on things like whether you and your partners have other partners, whether condoms are used and how they are used. Click here for more information on when to get tested. For HIV window periods, the virus is usually... Read Full Answer
If a HIV neg male has protected intercourse with a HIV pos female, what are the chances/possibility of infection of the HIV neg male (given condom used correctly and did not break)? How would you rate the risk of the protected intercourse in this case?
Hi. It is difficult to give a number or percentage to the chances of getting HIV, because there are many factors that could come into play. There are things that can increase the chances such as a high amount of virus (viral load) in the blood, or having another STI at the same time. Likewise there are things that can lower the chances such as condom use or low viral load. Condoms provide... Read Full Answer
How effective are polyisoprene condoms compared to regular latex condoms?
Hi. We have spent some time trying to find studies that actually compare polyisoprene condoms with other condoms. So far we haven't found any scientific studies. We are going to continue looking into this and hope to add some information to our site. In Canada, condoms are considered medical devices and therefore must meet standards set by Health Canada. Because polyisoprene condoms are... Read Full Answer
Why is Syphilis on the rise?
Hi. We have seen an increase in syphilis, starting in 2011. In BC, the majority of cases (almost all) are now in men who have sex with men (MSM), many of whom also have HIV. The increase is possibly due to a number of things. One factor may be changes in social networks, otherwise known as "who you hang out with and have sex with". If an infection gets into a community or social... Read Full Answer
I hear that it hurts to get STI testing. Do they need to stick a swab in my penis?
Hi. These days you usually don’t need to get a swab in your penis. Most of the time all you have to do for Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea testing, is pee in a cup. If you have been treated for Gonorrhea you may be asked to return for a swab to make sure that it is gone. Your health care provider will talk to you about this if they think it is needed. For more about STI testing, click... Read Full Answer