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Hi,I had a protected vaginal sex with an sex worker and unprotected oral a week ago.I did not notice any breakage of condom,the condom was little bigger than my size,when i pulled out it was intact.Still i am worried about the chance of infection,condom was given by the sexworker dont know what kind of condom it was.Are there any chances of condom failure without getting noticed?I have developed kind of ulcer on my tongue.Please do i need to go for tests?is ther any risk of infection?
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Anonymous
Hi there,

Thank you for contacting AIDS Vancouver with your HIV/AIDS related question.

Having intercourse with a commercial sex worker does not put you at a higher risk for HIV transmission. HIV does not discriminate, anyone that participates in high risk activity can be at risk of transmission regardless of age, gender, economic background, sexual orientation, race, religion or ethnicity.

Great job using a condom, I encourage you to continue protecting yourself this way. Having intercourse with a condom is considered to be a low risk activity, and having oral sex is considered to be a negligible risk. Let me tell you what that means.

For there to be a risk of HIV transmission there needs to be body fluids (blood, semen, anal and vaginal fluids), plus a high risk activity (unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse, needle sharing) plus direct access to your bloodstream (vagina, urethra in the penis, other mucosal membranes, needle sharing) which equals a risk of HIV transmission. In a low risk activity, like having protected vaginal intercourse, there is an exchange of body fluids, but few reports of transmission through low risk activities have been reported. Oral sex is considered to be a negligible risk activity because there is an exchange of body fluids, however there has never been a confirmed report of transmission through oral sex. Saliva also contains an enzyme that inhibits the transmission of HIV.

Also HIV has no known symptoms associated with it. The symptoms you are experiencing are should be addressed with your medical professional.

I trust I have answered your question, if you have any other questions or concerns please feel free to contact us again or refer to our website at http://www.aidsvancouver.org.

Sincerely,

Christina
AIDS Vancouver Volunteer

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