Anonymous
Sir Please help Me,
Few days back I had protected sex (only one time) with a woman of unknown status.
By mistake first I touched her vaginal and little bit fluid touched my hand.
Immediately I realised and cleaned up with bed sheet which is nearby.
Not sure complete fluid went off from my hand.

After 2 mins I took the condom had myself, after that had a protected sex.
Question: May be virginal fluid would have touched my penis head while wearing the Condom.
Then the force of protected sex would force the little bit of fluid went to my urethra?
I am very afraid, please help me Sir.
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

We are happy to help answer your question and provide an explanation to help you understand your situation more clearly. We are so glad to hear that you used a condom during sexual intercourse since, this is the most reliable way to protect yourself from acquiring HIV. In short, there is no risk of acquiring HIV associated with your exposure. Here's why:

* body fluids (e.g. vaginal fluids) that were on your hand cannot pass on HIV since, they *have been exposed to the air*. So, it's ok if these body fluids came into contact with your penis after you touched your partner's vagina.
* the urethra*
  • in the penis] *cannot provide direct access to the bloodstream when it is not contained inside the human body* (e.g. inside the vagina/anus), even if body fluids come into contact with it
    * there was
    no high-risk activity involved in your exposure


    Additionally,
    protected sexual intercourse is considered a low-risk activity only *when risk factors* (e.g. broken condom, other STIs) *are present*. However, if your condom *didn't break*, and you are *not living with another STI*, this can be considered a no-risk activity for acquiring HIV. That is because condoms adequately prevent the exchange of body fluids that is necessary for HIV transmission to happen. We encourage you to continue your condom-use.

    We trust we have answered your questions and hope we have provided you with some relief. We are glad that you are taking the precautions necessary to protect yourself from HIV and hope you will continue doing so. Although this exposure may not require an HIV test, we always suggest that individuals who are sexually active be tested for all STIs regularly to maintain their overall health.


    Sincerely,

    Marta

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