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Hygeine After Sex

Question: 

Is it necessary to wash your hands after taking off a condom during sex? I did not wash my hands and there was no semen. Are you more susceptible to sickness that way?

Answer: 

Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about whether or not washing your hands after taking off a condom can decrease your susceptibility of acquiring HIV (assuming "sickness" is referring to HIV acquisition).

Washing your hands after is not necessary, and in fact it will not decrease your chances of acquiring HIV. However, it maybe beneficial for hygiene in general, to wash your hands after taking off a condom, but it will do nothing to reduce your chances of acquiring HIV.

The best thing you can do to decrease your chances of acquiring HIV is to continue to use a condom every-time you engage in sexual activities. HIV incidence is reduced by 80% with the use of condoms during all acts of penetrative vaginal sex. Condoms do not reduce the transmission of HIV to zero. However, consistent condom usage is one of the primary methods to protect against HIV transmission.

Recommendation Please refer to a healthcare professional for more personalized answers.

Regards, AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Heidi