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Do you need to get an HIV test after protected sex?


Hi. I had protected sex with a guy I met on some website. We had protected oral and anal sex. After the sex, I checked the condom and it did not tear. So it was completely protected.

Do you guys advice me to get an HIV test done?



Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the risk of HIV acquisition from performing oral and anal sex. Anal sex with a condom is considered to be Low Risk as it carries a potential for HIV transmission due to improper use and potential breakage of the condom and involvement of exchange of body fluids.

In order to contract HIV the following conditions must be met: There must be HIV present in a bodily fluid. The five bodily fluids that carry the HIV virus include: blood, semen (including pre-ejaculate), vaginal fluids, breast milk, and rectal secretions. The bodily fluid containing HIV must have direct access to the bloodstream. This can be through cuts, tears, rips, mucous membranes, open sores, or needles. Transmission occurs through a risky activity in which the first two conditions are met. For example: condom less sex, sharing needles, unsafe tattoos or piercings, vertical transmission–from mother to child (in utero, during delivery, breastfeeding).

Since anal sex is considered a Low Risk activity for HIV transmission we recommend getting an HIV test, as it is always good to know your status.

Recommendation: Refer to Physician for HIV test.

Regards, AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, (Vardah)