Anonymous
Hi there
First of all thank you for this great site I have used it in the past and always found it very informative. I am writing to you due to a recent situation that occurred to me in Hong Kong. I wanted to have sex with a girl who claimed that she didn't have any STD. Because I had a fair amount to drink, I accidentally put the condom on inside out and therefore it only covered about half of the penis. I then managed to pull it down more. I'm not very sure what happened afterwards but I have two possibilities in my mind:

i.) I started to try and penetrate her a few times but I don't think I really entered her vagina properly. I then realised that the condom slipped up and only covered half of my penis again. I then took it off and unrolled it completely, flipped it (stupidly enough) and then try to roll it back on but I could only roll it on halfway down, resulting in me throwing it away and stopping the intercourse.

Or

ii.) I put the condom on the wrong way round and then realised it only covered half of my penis. I went on and took it off, unrolled it and put it on the other way round, before trying to penetrate her as above, before realising it slipped and only covered half of my penis and threw it away.

I'm really worried about situation one and I'm not sure if the exposure to air would've been enough to kill all HIV on the condom. In situation two I think I'd be fine. I'm seriously kicking myself for being so stupid but I hope everything is going to turn out well.

What are your views on this?
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for getting in touch with the Helpline. Using a condom is always the best way to help reduce the risks for transmission of HIV and STI's (Sexually Transmitted Infections), but when the condom is not correctly used there could be increased risk to you and your partner. The virus dies quickly once it is exposed to the air, reducing the risk of transmission.

Getting tested for HIV through a blood test is the only way to know whether or not you have acquired the virus. The testing window is from 4 - 12 weeks. However official testing guidelines recommend that you get tested at 12 weeks for a conclusive result.

I hope this helps to address your concern. If you have other HIV related questions, please feel free to contact the Helpline again.

In Health,

Marnelle

Helpline Volunteer

helpline@aidsvancouver.org

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