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First I want to discuss the risks you have described; HIV is not passed in these ways. There is a theoretical risk of transmission with these activities but they are not how we see HIV being passed.HIV is usually passed through unprotected vaginal or anal sex, sharing injection drug equipment or from a mother to her child during pregnancy, birth or breastfeeding.
Second, symptoms related to seroconversion vary from person to person so there is no one answer to your questions about symptoms. Swollen lymph nodes and fever usually occur when the body’s immune system is activated and there are many bacteria and virus that can do this. The severity of these symptoms when caused by an HIV infection can vary from person to person with some people having no symptoms. The only way to know if you have been infected is to be tested.
Medications for diabetes or antibiotics will not change the window period of HIV tests
The Tridot HIV test is not used in BC so I cannot comment on its window period; it would be best if you ask about the window period where you did the test.
Finally, there are some STIs that can be spread through the activities you have described. Herpes, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Syphilis and HPV could be transmitted in these ways. To find out more information about these different STIs please check out our About STIs page:
Or to learn more about how different STIs can be passed check out our Know Your Chances Charts:
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This answer was posted on April 2, 2014