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hiv transmission... used condom

Question: 

hello...
i have a sex with a sex worker.. she used to wear two condoms.. one after the other.... after having sex with that sex worker then i came to my home....
after coming to home one of my friend tell that she(sex worker) is used to wear re-used(used for another one) condoms....
i had happened 5months back... recently i got a viral fever...
is there any risk for me... please clarify
my question is how long hiv survive in a condom outside the body

and the condoms used for me are rolled back to its original form.... and i did not observe any fluid in the condoms after wearing to my penny...
and i think it is nearly 15minutes that the condom is re-used for me....it mean that after 15minutes a person leaved and then i entered...
it mean that the time between previous and myself is more than 15minutes

and i had done my hiv anti bodies rapid test after 3months of that exposure at ICTC center it was NON REACTIVE...
and again recently today i had gone to the test at ICTC center it was also NON REACTIVE...
but they have taken only one drop of blood... is that amount of blood is enough...
please clearify my doubts

Answer: 

Hello and thanks for contacting AIDS Vancouver with your question.

It seems you are concerned about contracting HIV after a sex activity where you suspect that the sex worker was re-using condoms. We are glad to provide some information.

Having vaginal protected sex is regarded as a Low Risk activity. This means that there have been a few reports of contracting HIV from this kind of activity.

Condoms are supposed to be used once and then discarded. If a condom is re-used it does not provide enough protection against HIV infection. That is the reason condoms must not be re-used. It is important that you use fresh condoms that are not expired to get maximum protection. If the condom was rolled up your penis then it was most likely new. Sex workers are known to be quite careful about protecting themselves. However if you are suspicious about them re-using condoms then it is best that you supply your own.

When HIV is exposed to air it does not transmit. Therefore if there was any fluid in the condom and the fluid was exposed to air, if it contained HIV then the HIV would not be transmittable. There is more risk from getting less protection from a used condom than from body fluids exposed to air.

It is encouraging that you have already been tested for HIV. HIV tests that are done three months after the exposure are regarded conclusive provided there was no other exposure after the activity you described. You indicate that you have already been tested twice three months after the exposure therefore we regard those results conclusive. Rapid tests normally use small amounts of blood to test and regarded as 99.6% accurate. In this case we would say you do not need to worry. The Aids Vancouver Helpline Online forum will have postings related to your question. You can read them for additional information. If you have further questions feel free to contact us again.

Thanks for contacting AIDS Vancouver.

In health

Lawrence

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