Anonymous
Hello about 3 weeks ago now I had sex with an Asian escort which I now regret.. we both had herpes so I wasn’t worried about getting that again but I am now worried I have hiv. I used a condom the whole time however I read that you can get hiv through herpes sores? But have I been put at risk I used a condom. Been having headaches and small red spots on arm.
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Anonymous
Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the risk of acquiring HIV through protective insertive sex with Herpes lesions present. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be Low Risk (evidence of transmission occurs through these activities when certain conditions are met).

The scenario mentioned above could meet the three components of the [Transmission Equation](https://www.aidswindsor.org/healthy-me/hiv-transmission/) if the condom broke during intercourse. Condoms are very good at preventing HIV transmission, but they do not work 100% of the time due to improper use or potential breakage of the condom. It is also important to note that if any lesions and/or sores are present, they could provide an HIV-containing fluid direct access to your bloodstream.

Recommendation: Refer to a physician for an HIV test.

Regards,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Marie
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