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How can I know if condom breaks?

I have a doubt that if a condom breaks does it always break catastrophically?
They say that when they fail there will be only the rubber ring left at the bottom. Is it possible that the tear may get unnoticed?
Does it mean that after the sex when I take it out if it is completely there then the condom is not broken?

Open wound

Hi, my sexual partner has an open wound on his penis head, right under the mushroom and he has had it for years now. We've been checked and were negative for everything. But the other day he picked at the abrasion and made a significant about of blood come out. Is it still safe to have unprotected sex with him?

Is HIV exposure possible from blood on a napkin/tissue

Hi Guys,

My 2 year old daughter was bleeding from her lip after she fell in a caravan park takeaway store.

The Staff were great and gave us ice to put on the wound. We bought my daughter an ice cream to calm her down.

After she was done with the ice cream my wife told me to get some more tissues/napkins to help wipe the ice cream off my daughters face.

I went back and got some out of the napkin/tissue dispenser. As I took them out I noticed one of the tissues had a reddish brown stain, which looked like it was blood.

I handed the tissues/napkins without the stain to my wife to clean up our daughter. I held the one with the stain to examine it.

My wife finished with the tissues/napkins I gave her then grabbed the one I was holding. She soaked it with bottled water and then wiped her face before I could stop her.

I am now paranoid that it could have been blood and that I have exposed my daughter to HIV as she had a cut bleeding lip.

What are the chances of her getting HIV from a tissue/napkin that has a bloodstain?

Also should I get her tested for HIV or not?

Thank you in advance,
A Concerned Parent

Am I good to go ? No more worrying

Hi you guys helped me out this week a lot and I appreciate it :) I just wanted to ask you guys said that my small cut and pre soaked (water with used silverware from customers) got into my eye and you guys said both of those were no risk. (Btw dont post the equation of transmisson or the anxiety page ive seen them just want an experts opinion) you guys are positive about this right and I don't have HIV because of those right ? And you guys do know what you are talking about right you aren't just saying stuff ? ... just to be sure even if someone spat at my face the virus wouldent transfer to me because in those seconds for it to travel to my face or eye it would die right and I wouldent be at risk to get HIV ? Am I good to go to continue my regular life .. one last question I can stop worrying about water with customers saliva hitting my eye even if there was small amounts of blood in it from the pre soak ?

High Risk activity? Can I be confident with my tests? Help!?

I had a single exposure of unprotected vaginal sex with a male partner. We were using a condom but it broke, and we realized too late. My partner got tested about 4 weeks after the incident (negative). I was the only person he had been with since April, so technically he is past the 3 months window period; however, my partner and I are now broken up, so I was not there to see him get tested. Because I have terrible anxiety, I am having a really difficult time believing his results.

Anyways, here are the tests I have done:

24 days post exposure: RNA Aptima QL HIV-1 (non-reactive)
24 days post exposure: 4th gen test (non-reactive)
31 days post exposure: 4th gen test (non-reactive)
47 days post exposure: 4th gen test (non-reactive)
57 days post exposure: 3rd gen test (non-reactive)

I know based on your guidelines you will tell me all testing is conclusive at 3 months. I also know that most HIV specialists will consider the DUO conclusive at 6 weeks. Currently, it has been about 10 weeks, so I am 2 weeks away from testing with a conclusive result; however, I have been in a state of panic. I know that I should feel confident about my partner's tests as well as my own, but I keep convincing myself that the tests are going to turn positive. Instead of feeling more relieved that I am getting closer to the deadline, I am becoming more and more paranoid.

Is it likely that my tests will remain the same? Has anyone at AIDS Vancouver ever seen a negative 3rd gen test change after 6 or 8 weeks?

Thanks so much.

What is the HIV risk from touching tip of the penis or urethra?

I'm just an 18 year old guy but I feel the need to ask this question but do not know to whom until I found your site. I went outside with my friends visiting a mall and a game arcade. When I went home, I felt the urge to masturbate and so I did without washing my hands. I was not sure where my hands got in contact with but it was probably not clean and somehow touched some surfaces that may have HIV. Can I get HIV this way because my unwashed hands got in contact with the opening (?urethra) of my penis? I mean ,is HIV transmission possible from the surface then to my hands and then to the urethra of my penis? My other question is, can you get HIV from touching personal stuff of an HIV positive persons like a mobile phone or other gadgets and then you happened to touch the tip of your penis while urinating without washing hands first? I did not see or felt wetness in those gadgets but of course I was not 100% sure.The answers are so confusing in the Internet so I think it's best to get my information by asking directly these questions. Thank you again.

HIV possibility?

I had anal(gay) sex with a guy 7 days ago, we had protected anal sex and unprotected oral sex. I am so concerned as I had two mouth ulcers on my lips, I gave him oral fro around 15 second.
What is my risk of contracting hiv?? Please help.

Unprotected oral with bruises

Pls help, I had unprotected oral with a girl, after that I noticed I had bruises on my penis, really scared, I went and did rapid antibody test with the girl and we both came back negative. Do I need another testing?

Chances Of HIV If The Condoms edge (Outer side) wet with Vaginal fluid

I had sex with a lady sex worker and I don't know whether she is HIV positive or negative. I am completely unaware of her current status. During sex I wore two condoms at a time and had sex around 30-45 seconds. When I removed my penis from her vagina I found that the edge (Upper side) of the condom wet with vaginal fluid. I removed both condoms from my penis and thrown it in dustbin. I checked the condoms and it was not broken.
My question is that the vaginal fluid discharged from that lady can cause HIV if my penis is not in direct contact of the vagina ??. Only my condoms got wet with that fluid.
I am sure that there was no direct contact of my penis semen and her vaginal liquid.
Could you please help me out on the above questions as I am worried a lot. I got tensed from last few days and not able to concentrate on my daily work.

Thanks in advance...

Hi there! I hope you can answer me thanks

I had my first Sex encounter about 3 to 4 months before I got tested. After the Rapid Test, the one that takes your blood from your finger the result for both HIV and Syphillis (Sorry for the spelling) the result was Non Reactive... I plan to abstain and never do that again and will fight the temptation... I just want to know what it means... Thanks.


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