Anonymous
Hello,

I went to a brothel in amsterdam (my first time to such a place hence my mistake below) and had sex with one of the women present there.
The vaginal sex was protected and lasted no more than a couple minutes.
But here's the catch.
Before putting on the condom she used an oil based lubricant on my body to administer a massage and I am pretty sure she stroke my penis with that oil before putting the condom on.
Vaginal intercourse was with water based lubricant.
After withdrawing I don't recall seeing the condom broken.
But a friend told me that the oil already present on my penis may well have reduced the protection of the condom to nearly zero because of holes it may have caused.

Should I really worry?
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for using the AIDS Vancouver Helpline as a source of HIV/AIDS-related information.

First, I would like to commend you for using a condom, as this is the best way to protect yourself against HIV and other STIs.

It is true that oil-based lubricants and massage oils may decrease the effectiveness of condoms. Therefore, I would suggest that you consult a healthcare professional to be tested for HIV and other STIs.

Here at the Helpline, we recommend that all sexually active individuals get tested regularly for all STIs, including HIV, regularly as part of their sexual health routine.

I hope that I have addressed your concerns. Please feel free to contact us again should you have any further questions.

In health,

Natalie
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