[Question #39] HIV Infektion and Test results

40 months ago
Good day
Have fear of HIV infection.
A woman holds up her finger from the vagina and puts it directly into my anus.
Thus, vaginal fluid and menstrual blood may also come into my anus.

Now I have made the following HIV tests:
- After 15 days RT-PCR for HIV 1
- After 4 weeks 4th generation lab test
- After 6 weeks 4.Generation laboratory test
- After 8 weeks 4.Generation laboratory test

I take since 3/4 years 1 tablet 500mg Valtrex daily.
During the past eight weeks Psycho stress on some days two tablets.
Can affect this taking Valtrex my test results?
Or I am sure HIV negative?

Thank you for your response.
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
40 months ago
Welcome to Ask the Expert.

You needn't be at all worried about HIV. The virus is never transmitted by fingering. It takes lots of HIV for infection to take hold, and although it would seem this kind of exposure could transmit it, too little virus is carried over and there has never been a case of HIV known to have been transmitted in this way. HIV is transmitted sexually ONLY by intercourse -- penis inside another person's vagina, rectum or (very rarely) mouth. Kissing, hand-genital contact, etc are zero risk. I will also point out that even among the most sexually active women, the vast majority do not have HIV, so it is unlikley your partner was infected.

Therefore, you did not need HIV testing, and you certainly did not need the repeated tests you had. The 4th generation tests are conclusive at 4 weeks.

Why are you taking valacyclovir (Valtrex)? Do you have herpes? This drug does not treat or prevent HIV infections. It does not affect HIV testing. For sure you are HIV negative.

I hope this has helped. Best wishes---   HHH, MD
---
40 months ago
Thanks MD Handsfield

Jes, i take Valtrex for Herpes Labialis.
Had previously 6-8 times per year breakouts on my lips.
With Valtrex I have that under control, only maximal one breakout year.
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
40 months ago
Thanks for the thanks. I'm glad to have helped. Also thanks for clarifying about valacyclovir. I was worried you thought it might help prevent HPV. It's nice to hear it's working so well for your oral herpes!---
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
40 months ago
HIV in my last comment, not HPV. Sorry for the typo.---