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regarding hiv


i had sex with a sex worker who touched the inner part of the condom with the tongue before wearing it on me. is there any possibility if the saliva may or may not mixed with blood in it infect me, when the saliva goes in through my penis hole..


Hi there,

Thank you for choosing AIDS Vancouver for your source of HIV/AIDS related information. It's great to see that you are taking initiative when it comes to your health and well being!

Engaging in sexual activity with a sex worker does not pose any additional risk for HIV transmission. It is the act which confers a risk, not the individual.

Sex with a condom is considered a low risk exposure for HIV. The virus cannot pass through latex or polyurethane; however, if the condom breaks or slips off during sexual activity there is the potential for an exchange of bodily fluids that can lead to possible HIV transmission. The fact that this individual licked the condom prior to it being used doesn't change my answer: you are still at a low risk.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) all HIV tests options provide conclusive results 12 weeks (or 84 days) post exposure, provided there have been no other exposures during that window period. At AIDS Vancouver we encourage all sexually active individuals to test for all sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV, as part of their health routine. This can be in the form of testing every 3 months, bi-annually, annually or whatever suits that individual's lifestyle.

I hope I have addressed all of your concerns, and if you have any other questions please feel free to contact us again!

All the best,