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Advice please on condoms


I had protected sex however as I pulled out the condom had slipped a little (head was still covered and I could see ejaculate in the teat so I'm assuming no failure??.)
Is it possible for a condom to break yet retain ejaculate in the teat?
Also, when I took off the condom there was a lot of vaginal fluid on the base of my penis and on the condom. I might of brushed my head with said fluid as I took off the condom.
Am I at risk? Do i need to test? Is a duo good/ conclusive at 6weeks?
Very concerned.
Thankyou for any help.


Hello and thank-you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

Protected vaginal sex with a condom is a low risk activity for HIV transmission. HIV can be transmitted through the exchange of bodily fluids with direct access for the virus to enter the bloodstream. This is very unlikely to occur when using a condom. However, if a condom breaks or slips, it may be less effective in protecting a person from HIV and all STIs. It is possible for a condom to have a small tear and still retain semen. As I mentioned, a torn or slipped condom may still allow some bodily fluid to be exchanged.

Because you are sexually active, we would recommend that you consult a healthcare professional to discuss having the testing for STIs including HIV.
All HIV tests are conclusive at 12 weeks post exposure. However, many HIV tests are considered to be 95% accurate after 6 weeks. So, if this test comes back negative, your results are very unlikely to change. The duo test is considered to be a very accurate and reliable test.

I hope that I have addressed your concerns. Please feel free to contact us again should you have any further questions.

All the best,