Anonymous
Hi,

Had protected sex with a CSW (HIV status not known), was wearing condom all the time during vaginal sex. However, post vaginal sex I saw some blood on my condom. The blood did not touch any part of my body, it was menstrual blood on condom, the girl told me that she had completed menses but was unaware that there could be blood. She also told me that she is clean and practices safe sex.

I got myself tested on 35th day for Rapid Fingerprick Blood HIV-1/2 P24 Antigen/Antibody Combo (HIV Duo Test) (4th generation!) which was negative and the doctor told me not to worry about as there was no risk involved.

My question is whether the blood on the condom can cause any infection, whether the above test is reliable and whether I should be worried about this episode.

Thank you for the great work.

Anonymous.
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Anonymous
Hi there!

Thanks for contacting our helpline with such a great question!

I understand you are wondering whether or not to be worried about the results of your HIV test, hopefully this information will be able to help you.

Your doctor is correct in saying that the activity is No Risk. This is because you used a condom which prevented the bodily fluids from contacting you. Only if the condom breaks does it become a risk.

As for the test you took, 95% of positive cases are shown between 4-6 weeks. Your test is at 5 weeks and so that means a majority of positive cases would show up by then. That means your negative result is unlikely to change, and since there was no risk associated with your activity then that result is reliable.

For future reference, all HIV tests are considered conclusive at 3 months, in case you ever are wondering about that (when risk is involved).

Feel free to check out our website at [aidsvancouver.org](aidsvancouver.org) which shows a transmission equation that will help you figure out what activities actually present a risk of acquiring HIV. Additionally, check out [smartsexresource.com](smartsexresource.com) for all things safe sex related.

I hope this was able to help you, and that I answered your question thoroughly!

Sincerely,

Christina

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