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If you’ve had unprotected sex with someone living with HIV, you may be eligible for PEP – a 28 day course of treatment which may stop HIV infection. You should visit your local Emergency Room/Hospital within 72 hours of the event – but the sooner, the better.

If you want to be tested for this event, you should be aware that signs of HIV infection don’t show up in the blood right away. It normally happens within four weeks of infection, but can be longer – sometimes up to three months. This means that an HIV negative result is only totally accurate if three months have passed between the test and the last time a risk was taken. However, a negative result four to eight weeks after taking a risk is a very good sign that HIV infection hasn’t happened. 

If a condom broke or slipped off in the last 72 hours while you were having sex with someone who is living with HIV, you may be eligible for PEP – a 28 day course of treatment which may stop HIV infection. You should visit your local Emergency Room/Hospital as soon as possible.

If you want to be tested for this event, you should be aware that signs of HIV infection don’t show up in the blood right away. It normally happens within four weeks of infection, but can be longer – sometimes up to three months. This means that an HIV negative result is only totally accurate if three months have passed between the test and the last time a risk was taken. However, a negative result four to eight weeks after taking a risk is a very good sign that HIV infection hasn’t happened. 

If you are experiencing symptoms of an STI, please visit your local sexual health clinic or your GP to get quick access to treatment.

While NZAF testing centres can often test for STIs, they are unable to prescribe immediate treatment (which is what you probably need if you have symptoms).

If one of your previous partners has been diagnosed with an STI, please visit your local sexual health clinic or your GP to get quick access to treatment.

NZAF Testing Centres (the Burnett Centre in Auckland, Te Toḵa in Christchurch and Āwhina in Wellington) are unable to diagnose or prescribe treatment for STIs. 

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For the best care while using PrEP, we recommend testing for HIV with your prescribing doctor or local sexual health clinic who should also be testing you for other STIs and kidney function. You can also test at an NZAF centre or order a home test, but those services won’t be able to forward the results to your prescribing doctor. 

For PEP follow-up, you need to see the doctor who prescribed it to you.

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