Anonymous

Hello,

I have masturbated myself with the condom on after anal sex, and then I removed the condom and keep masturbating with the same hand. Have I been at risk? 

Thank you. 

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helpline-volunteer

Hi there,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you are asking about the risk of acquiring HIV after engaging in protected anal sex and then masturbating afterwards. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be Low Risk (Evidence of transmission occurs through these activities when certain conditions are met).

In order for transmission to occur, a number of requirements must be met (see below). 

Helpline Transmission Equation .jpg  
HIV transmission requires the presence of HIV positive fluid (such as semen, vaginal fluid, pre-cum, rectal fluid, breastmilk, etc.), coupled with a High, Low, or Negligible Risk activity, that provides the virus with direct access to the
bloodstream.

Based on the scenario you described, the highest risk activity you engaged in was protected anal sex. While the use of condoms provides protection against HIV transmission, the risk is not reduced to zero, due to improper use and potential breakage of the condom (1). Therefore, this scenario is considered to be Low Risk as each component of the transmission equation could be satisfied under certain circumstances.

RecommendationRefer to a health care provider for HIV testing.

Regards,
AIDS Vancouver Online/Helpline, Ashley

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Additional resources:
Condoms and HIV transmission (1)

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