Hi. I had sex with a lady of unknown status and I used a condom. After a minute, I noticed some pre-cum (not so plenty) inside the condom. At this point, I pulled out, took off the condom and placed it on the chair. After about 10 minutes, I tried to check the condom, but didnt see the pre-cum anymore. I checked the chair, but it wasnt wet, and i didnt notice cum on the floor either. But, I saw extremely tiny bubbles lined up by the side of the condom close to the tip. Could the pre-cum have leaked as I didnt wear the condom according to the methods described, or could it have been the lady's vaginal fluid? What is my risk of contracting HIV? Did the condom break or could the pre-cum have dried up in that short time? There is some harmattan and I have a sore throat. Am I seroconverting? Thanks
Hello and thank you for using the AIDS Vancouver Helpline as your source of HIV/AIDS related information.
First, you should be congratulated for practising safe sex and using a condom, as this is a low risk activity for the passing of HIV. When a condom breaks, it is very noticeable; it sounds like you used the condom correctly.
Symptoms, such as a sore throat, are never used to diagnose an HIV infection. This is because HIV symptoms are unspecific and can mimic a lot of other infections. Sometimes, during the period of seroconversion someone develops a strong flu-like illness 2-6 weeks after the point of infection, but not all people do.
This is why the only way to know for sure is to get an HIV test. We recommend regular HIV testing to everyone that is sexually active. On an individual basis, this can be annually, biannually, or every few months.
Thank you for your question and please feel free to write back to us at any time.