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Condom broke during sex


Six nights ago I had sex with a prostitute. She started by giving me oral sex without a condom and then I slipped on a condom and started having sex with her. In the course, the condom broke and when I realized I immediately came out of her and ended the sex immediately. three days ago I got a cough and the second day I got a cold. I took some cough and cold drugs and I am much better now. I am however worried that I may have got something. How possible is it to get infected from an exposure that I just described? thanks.


Hello and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

It sounds like you are concerned whether the condom breaking during intercourse may lead to an exposure to HIV.

Firstly, here at AIDS Vancouver we do not label individuals as "prostitutes", but rather as commercial sex trade workers. We want to let you know that it is the activity and not the person that is associated with risk of exposure. There is a Low Risk acquiring HIV when a condom breaks during sexual intercourse. This is due to the exchange of bodily fluids during the activity and this is possible when the condom breaks. We may suggest carrying out an HIV test 3 months post exposure for conclusive results. There are earlier options available as well including the Rapid Test and the 3rd Generation EIA which are widely available. If you do not know your current STI status it is recommended to carry out a full panel STI test which covers HIV. Furthermore, we also follow an HIV Transmission Equation:


• blood (including menstrual) • unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse • vagina
• semen • sharing needles • anus
• pre-cum • mother to child (in specific cases) • urethra in the penis
• rectal secretions • open cuts and sores (in theory)
• vaginal fluids • other mucosal membranes
• breast milk • points of needle injection


Thank you for contacting us, I hope that the information provided has cleared some issues and if you have any further questions feel free to give us a call. For more information about HIV and sex you can visit HIV and AIDS Basics and to find HIV testing servies in your area you can visit HIV 411.


Chris, AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

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