STI testing should be accessible, so there are other options if you don’t have a Manitoba Health Card. If you are a Manitoba resident, get your Health Card updated or replaced. If you are a resident of another Canadian province … Read Full Answer
Tag: HIV testing
I had anal sex with a condom, should I be worried about HIV?
Whether you used internal condoms or external condoms, they are both very effective in preventing HIV and many other sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBIs) … Read Full Answer
Last week I went to an erotic massage parlour. I got a handjob (and she stayed clothed). I am not circumcised and had a razor cut at the base of my penis. I know that hand-to-genital contact is zero risk (HIV has to come from somewhere!) It wasn’t a major bleed, but she had a cut on her hand on the palm which I saw after the fact. It was hard for me to check my penis for blood.
We understand that situations like these can be tough to navigate, and we’re happy to help. … Read Full Answer
I recently did 2 INSTI HIV self-tests within the past 6 months and it was negative both times. I was told by a few people that if the test is negative after 12 weeks and done properly there's no need to follow up for a lab confirmation. I waited 90 days after my first INSTI test was negative and the 2nd one was also negative. Am I all good or do I need a lab confirmation?
Congratulations on using the INSTI HIV self-test. This quick and simple tool is one more way that Canadians access to find out their HIV status. A self-test … Read Full Answer
Is PEP ever recommended if someone is already on PrEP?
Pre Exposure Prophylaxis or PrEP is a highly effective tool in preventing HIV if taken consistently and correctly. As long as someone is adherent to daily dosing of PrEP … Read Full Answer
4 years ago I had multiple unprotected sex with hiv+ men (who is not on medication) then few weeks after I came up with sore throat, rash, headache, runny nose which all cleared up except for the runny nose that later turns to chronic sinusitis and ever since my health never been the same. I did 4 HIV tests (4th generation antigen antibody test) 1 came back indeterminate and the other 3 negative. Could HIV 4th gen give false negative after 4 years?
Good to know you got the tests done. Labs across Canada use 4th generation tests for screening HIV, which means they are 99 percent accurate by 6 weeks after infection. These tests are highly accurate and … Read Full Answer
Can I get a copy of my negative or positive test results for my records or to show my partners?
Your clinic or provider should be able to accommodate your request for copies of your test result. Patient health records are … Read Full Answer
I heard that there is self testing for HIV available in Canada? Can you tell me if I need a prescription to get it.
Self-testing for HIV is now approved for use in Canada. It is a rapid self-testing kit, and they are not yet … Read Full Answer
Whats the difference between HIV and AIDS?
HIV and AIDS are not the same thing, but people often confuse the terms.
HIV = Human Immunodeficiency Virus … Read Full Answer
I have never been tested for sexually transmitted infections. What do I need to know?
We’re glad you asked. We recently created a short video to answer this exact question! We recommend routine sexual health testing for everyone who is sexually active or uses injection … Read Full Answer
Could a person be infected with HIV through a winter cold abrasive back of hand skin in contact with pre-ejaculatory liquid?
HIV is present in pre-ejaculatory fluids of a person living with HIV. Theoretically transmission could occur if the fluid comes in direct contact with the blood stream of another person through mucus membranes or broken skin. However it is … Read Full Answer
If I were curious, is it possible to determine whether I contracted HIV from either needle-sharing or sexual contact?
It’s not common that people diagnosed with HIV, medically trace how they contracted it. People who get tested for HIV routinely … Read Full Answer
If my partner has HIV and we use a condom, what is the risk of getting HIV?
Wearing a condom is a effective tool for preventing transmission of HIV. Studies have found that condoms fail when they break, slip or leak during sex. So wearing condoms … Read Full Answer
I got tested at an event and they squeezed some blood from my finger onto a piece paper. I think it was for HIV. Does that sound right? Is it accurate?
It sounds like you were tested with dried blood spot testing.This type of testing is approved in Canada and is accurate.
Dried blood spot testing … Read Full Answer
How can you test for HIV in a dried blood sample if HIV dies quickly outside the body and is not a risk for transmission?
Typically for HIV, there needs to be direct blood-to-blood contact for transmission to occur. You’re asking about Dried Blood Spot Testing (DBST) which is one way to test for viruses like Hepatitis C and HIV … Read Full Answer
Hi I just received oral sex from a prostitute in Hong Kong while on vacation. I used a condom but I am still afraid of STDs. Should I be worried?
It sounds like you took steps to keep yourself and your sexual partner(s) safe in this instance. Correct and consistent use of condoms is a proven safer sex tool that protects from acquiring or passing many sexually transmitted infections … Read Full Answer
Should I clean my sex toys even if I use it only once every few months?
Manufacturers of sex toys recommend cleaning after each use to reduce the chances of microorganisms living on their surfaces. If you are not sharing your sex toy and only using … Read Full Answer
Does nine circles offer NAT / HIV RNA testing?
Nine Circles does not offer NAAT / HIV RNA testing when routine screening for HIV. If you need to know your HIV status Nine Circles offers various forms of HIV tests. … Read Full Answer