Anonymous
Hi there. I was putting on a condom before having sex and I accidentally put it on inside out. I then flipped it around, and approximately 10 seconds later it went inside me. I am wondering if I’m still at risk for HIV? 
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helpline-volunteer
Hi there, 

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the possibility of HIV transmission in the event that you had improperly used a condom when performing the act of penetrative sex. 

From the information given, this act is considered to be of Low Risk: (Evidence of transmission occurs through these activities when certain conditions are met). However, your question appears to be regarding the extra risk associated with the improper use of a condom. In this case, it is important to note that condoms do not reduce the transmission of HIV to zero. However, consistent condom usage is one of the primary methods to protect against HIV transmission (1). 

In this case, the intent to properly use a condom when engaging in the act of penetrative sex was present. However, for Low Risk activities, our official recommendation is to seek HIV screening. We recommend those who are actively engaging in protected penetrative sex to seek regular HIV screening.

All the best,

AIDS Vancouver Online/Helpline, Cody

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