Anonymous
What are the chances of being infected with hiv after having the condom broke for about 5 minutes? I just want to release myself from the anxiety that I have so I am desperately trying to find out what were the chances. Thank you for the answer.
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Anonymous
Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for your HIV/AIDS related health information. It seems you're concerned about the possibility of HIV transmitting during an encounter. We're happy to answer your question for you.

The condom breaking during sex unfortunately results in a high risk activity. In fact the activity is assessed as if no condom were worn at all, no matter how long intercourse lasted. High risk means that of the transmissions that have occurred, most have occurred due to activities such as these. It does not mean that a transmission occurred in your case. To see the risk levels of various activities, we encourage you to check out our [risk assessment page](http://helpline.aidsvancouver.org/question/risk-assessment-chart).

We encourage you to speak with a healthcare provider about this encounter. Some healthcare providers may have decided to start you on what is called PEP (or post-exposure prophylaxis). PEP is antiretroviral medication meant to prevent an infection from establishing itself. You'll also need HIV testing as well. Unfortunately, most HIV tests are not considered conclusive until at least 3 months post exposure, so you'll need to wait at least this long to know your status conclusively.

Thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline with your question, we hope it has been answered fully.

Trevor

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

helpline.aidsvancouver.org
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