Anonymous
Hi. I slept with a man who has slept with many women in his life. First he did not want to use condom but I insisted so he used a condom. However before penetration, he spit and used his saliva as a lubricant for intercourse. Am I at risk of getting HIV or other STD from him? I assume that he did not use condom with other women (as he first did not want to use it with me) so he may have caught HIV or STD along the way. Thank you so much!
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Anonymous
Hello,

Thanks for reaching out to us at AIDS Vancouver!

First of all, I commend you for using a condom! Condoms really are the best defense against acquiring HIV and you greatly reduced your risk of exposure by using one.

While we don't encourage "what-if" scenarios about a person's HIV status or sexual history, based on what you've said your exposure to HIV is considered to be low. The reason there is some risk is to account for human error in using condoms (i.e condoms breaking, etc.) during intercourse. The saliva your partner used as lubricant would not be a risk factor as saliva is not a bodily fluid known to transmit HIV. HIV is actually quite weak and saliva has protective enzymes that kill the virus. Also, HIV is not known to be transmitted once it has left the body and exposed to air.

While we can't speak for other sexually transmitted infections, here's a great resource that you can check out: Let us know if you have any other questions!

Jeremy

AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
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