Anonymous
Hi,

Last week I had sex with a woman and wore a condom the entire time. When we finished and I pulled out, there was blood on the condom. She later today me she thought she was done w/ her period but evidently not.

I carefully took off the condom and there was no blood on my skin, penis nor base. I get a bit paranoid with this stuff. Is there any chance I could have contracted any disease?

Thank you.
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Anonymous
Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the risk of acquiring HIV after engaging in protected vaginal sex with blood present on the outside of the condom. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be Low Risk (evidence of transmission occurs through these activities when certain conditions are met).

The scenario mentioned above could meet the three components of the [Transmission Equation](https://www.aidswindsor.org/healthy-me/hiv-transmission/) if the condom was not properly used, or if it broke during the activity. The presence of blood, menstrual or otherwise, on the outside of the condom does not affect the risk assessment since the HIV virus could also be present in the vaginal fluid. It is still recommended to access HIV testing after engaging in protected sex due to the possibility of condom breakage or improper use.

Recommendation: Refer to a physician for an HIV test.

Regards,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Marie
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