Talking about home testing for HIV

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I had unprotected sex

I had unprotected sex once with a man from work (I’m female) I do know him but I have convinced myself I am HIV+ I have been tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea and they have both come back negative which I know are a lot more common. I have ordered a test and it arrives tomorrow. I am just so scared. I don’t know what to do

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Gary Carpenter, BioSure (UK) Limited
 Work on 02nd July 2017

Hi Lozza Thanks for getting in contact with us. You've absolutely taken the right step to take control of your situation. There are a couple of things: 1. HIV is absolutely treatable. IF you are HIV+ it need not make any difference to the rest of your life. HIV treatment is incredibly effective. It prevents HIV+ people form becoming ill (in fact there's a lot of evidence coming out that says that HIV+ people of treatment have better health - they are conscious of their health and more importantly they see doctors regularly and other unassociated conditions are often picked up and treated sooner as a consequence) and effective HIV treatment leads to viral suppression, which means that you cannot pass the virus on to someone else, either through sex or during pregnancy from mother to unborn child. 2. The chances of contracting HIV from a random person are remote. There is probably only a 2 in 1,000 chance that the man you slept with is HIV+. The chances of contracting HIV from a single incidence of heterosexual sex is around 1 in 2000. So the odds are on your side. 3. Antibody tests for HIV - like the BioSURE HIV self test - may not give a completely accurate negative result if taken within 12 weeks of possible exposure. This is not to do with the test itself, but is due to the varied way in which people react to the virus. Some people take as long as 12 weeks to create the antibodies required. As I said you're taking the right steps. When your test arrives take your time to read the instructions carefully. The test is easy and intuitive to perform. But you want to make sure you perform it correctly. If you need any further information before or after you test, please don't hesitate to get in touch again. Kind regards Gary Carpenter BioSure (UK) Limited

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