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Offline Doodle11

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Condom Break - A little worried
« on: May 18, 2013, 10:02:35 AM »
Hello everyone! Hope you are doing well. 

I'm currently working in West Africa and about two months ago, I had vaginal intercourse with a friend.  During intercourse, the condom did break, I felt it break, and I immediately pulled out (couldn't have been more than 3-5 seconds).  I then proceeded to put on another condom and continue until completion where nothing else went astray.  I did finger her but I have also read that there is really no risk through fingering.  The hypochondriac bug hit me hard a few weeks back and I went in to get a full STD/STI screening 37 days (about 5 weeks) after the incident with my physician in country.  After reading through the posts on this website I missed by one week although it is mentioned that the time to seroconversion is on average 22 days.  Everything came back negative.  I realize that I need to double check the results of the 5-week test at the 3-month mark but I would appreciate another opinion to ease my mind (hypochondriac mind) a little! 

Thank you very much for your time!

All the best.       

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Re: Condom Break - A little worried
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2013, 10:15:18 AM »
Hi Doodle . You seem pretty well informed about the low risk you had , thanks for that LOL  . It would be rare for your test results to change when you go for the 3 month conclusive test , I would fully expect a negative result .

We cant give odds or percentages but I can say the chances of testing positive from a condom break and the brief time it occurred is extremely slim . The risk for the insertive partner is significantly lower than it is for the receptive partner. And we are talking about a single incident of relatively short duration. All of those are factors which make for relatively low risk for you.

You are also correct , fingering is not a risk . If you aren't already having regular, routine checkups, now is the time to start. As long as you make sure condoms are being used for intercourse, you can fully expect your routine HIV tests to return with negative results.

Don't forget to always get checked for all the other sexually transmitted infections as well, because they are MUCH easier to transmit than HIV. Some of the other STIs can be present with no obvious symptoms, so the only way to know for sure is to test.

Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, and you will avoid HIV infection. It really is that simple! 

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Re: Condom Break - A little worried
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2013, 06:56:39 AM »
Hey Jeff,

Thanks for the quick response and you're welcome for the LOL!  Glad you could enjoy the hypochondriac within me haha.  I appreciate your opinion on my situation - it has definitely alleviated a lot of the stress accompanying the imminent 3-month screening.  It helps to hear someone say "I would fully expect a negative result" although I do take into consideration that low risk does not mean no risk.  It would be rather unfortunate to contract something after trying hard to practice safe sex.  I do try to undergo a screening every 6 months or so.

I'll use my last post (I believe I have 3), to update the forum on the results of the screening.  Thank you for helping me and I'm sure many others on this wonderful forum. 

All the best. 

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Re: Condom Break - A little worried
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2013, 08:57:22 AM »
Thanks Doodle , and yes , save that last post for an update . I really do think you are going to come out of this OK .

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Update & One More Question/Post about sexual encounter
« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2014, 08:09:37 AM »

I wanted to use my last (third) post to give a quick update from a while back! I posted a topic, "Condom Broke - A Little Worried" and the moderator, Jeff G, helped me out a lot! I was requested to give an update and I came out testing negative through and through! Thanks for everyone's help during that anxiety-filled time. 

I also wanted to use my last post to get your advice on one situation:

A little over a month ago, I received oral sex and had protected vaginal sex with a friend.  Unfortunately, the hypochondriac in me overpowered the logical side of me and now worries of HIV and other STD/Is are floating around in my head.  The girl did not have copious amounts of blood in her mouth during fellatio (I've read that this is really the only potential for HIV risk when receiving fellatio but the amount of blood needed is equivalent to that of participating in a boxing match prior to sex) and I used a condom (did not break this time thanks to reading the info you provided) the entire time during vaginal sex.  After we both reached completion, I poured water into the condom and no water came out.  About two days after this sexual encounter, she went and got tested for syphilis, HIV-1 and -2, and Hepatitis B.  All negative.  I know this forum is not primarily focused on STD/Is so I will just ask about the HIV (though any opinion on STD/Is would be great!), which I'm fairly certain I had a low to no risk encounter with.  Window period anything to be afraid of as she did have previous sexual partners?  As I am sexually active, I have been undergoing frequent check-ups to be absolutely certain of my own health.  Since I won't be able to post any more after this, I just wanted to say thank you again to the moderators! You guys are doing an awesome job!


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Re: Condom Break - A little worried
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2014, 08:34:00 AM »
Doodle, it's a rule of the site for members to keep all of their postings in this section in the same thread. So all of your entries are together here. Please use only this thread in the future.

It's good to hear you have conclusively tested negative.

As you already know receiving oral, whatever the details of the specific incident, is not a risk for HIV transmission. In general we advise that anyone who is sexually active ought to regularly have the full panel of STD testing done. That means at least annually and every 6 months is even better.

Other STDs are much easier to acquire than HIV so it's just a good precaution to get that testing done regularly.

Good luck to you.
Andy Velez


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