Anonymous
If fluid exposed on exterior side of the condom. Touches the urethra. Will hiv transmit?
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for your question. Once body fluid has been exposed to air the ability of the virus to transmit becomes considerably more difficult. Chances of entering the other person's body and travelling up the urethra in the situation you described would be low.

In general, there needs to be a direct person to person contact through unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse or sharing needles, and direct access for the virus to enter the bloodstream through the vagina, anus, urethra, open cuts and sores, other mucosal membranes or points of needle injection. The fluid that can carry the virus includes blood (including menstrual blood), semen, rectal secretions, pre-cum, vaginal fluids. Based on the information you provided, your situation did not appear to be high risk. If you are not certain, you can always get tested.

If you are sexually active, it may be worth considering a regular routine of testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections as part of maintaining your sexual health. How often you get tested will depend on your sexualy activity and frequency. Also correct use of condoms is a good way to help protect yourself, and you already indicated that you use condoms.

If you have any other HIV related questions please feel free to contact the Helpline again.

Best wishes,

Marnelle

Helpline Volunteer

Helpline MON-FRI 10am-4pm

helpline@aidsvancouver.org

Tel. 604-253-0566 Ext. 299
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