Anonymous
I had a receptive anal intercourse with a HIV+ man (not yet on therapy) and the condom broke. He did not cum inside. I could not have PEP within the required time as it happened during a trip to the mountains (abroad). I know that I have to be tested after a month but still, how high is my risk to get infected (through pre-cum or otherwise?). Thank you in advance.
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline. We are pleased to assist you.


Sexual intercourse (with a condom) is considered a low-risk activity for acquiring HIV. A risk of acquiring HIV during this activity is only present when a condom breaks or is not used properly, but there have only been a few confirmed reports of acquiring HIV under such circumstances. Having said that, we would like to add that HIV is not transmitted in every instance where risk factors are present, and the risk of acquiring HIV from sexual intercourse when a condom breaks (low-risk) is different from acquiring HIV during unprotected sexual intercourse (high-risk).

Additionally, the presence of another STI can increase the risk of acquiring HIV when a condom breaks (but this may not apply to you). We may suggest that you follow the HIV testing guidelines from your local healthcare professional to achieve conclusive HIV test results. Here at AIDS Vancouver, we suggest that individuals carry out an HIV test at 3 months (84 days) post-exposure to achieve conclusive HIV test results (as suggested by the BC CDC).

We understand that this experience is concerning and hope we have provided some support here. Feel free to contact the AIDS Vancouver Helpline again, or call us (604) 253-0566 ext 299 for immediate assistance with general inquiries.

Sincerely,

Marta

AIDS Vancouver Volunteer
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