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Author Topic: Should I be worried of any transmission for protected sex?  (Read 7944 times)

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Should I be worried of any transmission for protected sex?
« on: December 10, 2023, 10:21:52 pm »
Hello, I had a protective vaginal sex with a woman I met online. I used polyisoprene condom, and I don稚 know of any tear but I could see condom being little stretchy . It痴 been 24 hours and I知 kind of having anxiety/ guilt as this is first time outside of my partner. Should I be worried for any risk of HIV/ any other std transmission?Do I need to get tested after 30 days?

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Re: Should I be worried of any transmission for protected sex?
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2023, 02:55:38 am »
Hiya,

Polyisoprene condoms are fine and HIV can't be transmitted through them. Unless a condom obviously fails during intercourse, there is no reason to be stressing or testing for HIV outside the standard yearly HIV screening.

In other words, it wasn't an HIV risk.

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Should I be worried for any risk of HIV/ any other std transmission?

Regarding other STIs, this is an HIV forum, but even with using a condom, you still would have had an STI risk. When talking about STIs, there is no such thing as "safe" sex, just risk reduction that leads to "safer" but still not safe sex.

In short, most STIs are far more infectious than HIV. On top of that, the levels of protection condoms offer for various STIs depend significantly on differences in how the diseases or infections are transmitted. Some infections (Not HIV) are transmitted primarily by skin-to-skin contact, viral shredding or skin-to-lesion contact, etc., which may infect areas not covered by a condom, such as genital herpes, human papillomavirus [HPV], Chancroid (Haemophilus ducreyi) etc.

There's no need to panic or run out and test, though. Continue to use condoms for any intercourse, and as you are sexually active, get an STI screening out of standard routine yearly.

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I知 kind of having anxiety/ guilt as this is first time outside of my partner.

I'll mention the same thing I always do when someone says they are in a relationship: If you engage in condomless sex with your partner, you are obviously at risk of acquiring HIV. In relationships, condomless sex is often based on trust or past test results; however, this does not prevent HIV, so if condomless sex does occur, you should consider testing more frequently.

Here's what you need to know to reduce your HIV risks:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse correctly and consistently, with no exceptions. Consider talking to your healthcare provider about PrEP as an additional layer of protection against HIV

Keep in mind that some sexual practices described as safe in terms of acquiring HIV still pose a risk for other easier-acquired STIs. So please do get tested at least yearly for STIs, including but not limited to HIV, and more frequently if condomless intercourse occurs.

Also, note that it is possible to have an STI and show no signs or symptoms; testing is the only way to know.

Kind regards

Jim

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Re: Should I be worried of any transmission for protected sex?
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2023, 11:15:44 am »
Thanks Jim for the detailed response.
I知 still under 72 hrs exposure, I just feeling anxious if I have to go for prep. Please let me know about it. Also, I知 kind of feeling a little fatigue, lower abdomen discomfort one day after the incident.

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Re: Should I be worried of any transmission for protected sex?
« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2023, 12:54:23 pm »
Hiya.

It's too late for PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis). You mean PEP (Post-exposure Prophylaxis).

Anyhow, as said;
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it wasn't an HIV risk
. No HIV exposure, no HIV testing needed, no PEP over this incident.  The only risk mentioned would be the partner if you have been engaging in condomless sex?

Anyhow, move on with your life. Use condoms, get an STI & HIV screening yearly out of standard routine.

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Also, I知 kind of feeling a little fatigue, lower abdomen discomfort one day after the incident.

It has absolutely nothing to do with HIV from the encounter the day before.
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Re: Should I be worried of any transmission for protected sex?
« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2023, 01:06:46 pm »
Thanks Jim

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Re: Should I be worried of any transmission for protected sex?
« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2023, 03:58:58 pm »
You're welcome
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