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Author Topic: Risk from one time condom break  (Read 669 times)

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Offline Anxiousamsterdam

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Risk from one time condom break
« on: January 21, 2019, 07:38:15 pm »
Hello and thank you in advance for your help!

About six weeks ago I had protected sex with a sex worker at a high end brothel in Amsterdam. During intercourse I noticed the condom had broken. I was not inside the womans vagina for more than one minute with the broken condom. I then replaced the condom and finished the session with protected oral sex.

She told me that she has no STDs and that we have nothing to worry about but Iím not sure if I believe  her.

The next day I had a fever and flu like stymproms. Iím worried these are signs of seroconversion.

What are my actual risks in this case? Am I overreacting?

Thank you again very much.

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Re: Risk from one time condom break
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2019, 01:50:20 am »
Hiya

Look the broken condom incident, the good news is that until the condom broke it would have been protecting you, also as you were the insertive partner
it would be less risk than being the receiving partner as example. 

Now saying all that you did have a possible exposure from the unprotected intercourse and so testing would be advisable. Guidelines are to test with an HIV antibodies test at 6 weeks past any incident for a result, and then at 13 weeks to confirm that result.

As for the next day issues, your overthinking this. It takes HIV a better part of a week to infect the first cell, let alone for the immune system to cause symptoms if any do occur as most simply experience none noticeable. So relax, do see a doctor if you are sick and treat it and I hope you feel better soon.

Here's what you need to know in order to avoid hiv infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, every time, no exceptions. Consider starting PrEP as an additional layer of HIV prevention for the future.

Keep in mind that some sexual practices which may be described as safe in terms of HIV transmission might still pose a risk for far to acquire STI's, so please do get fully tested regularly and at least yearly for all STI's including but not limited to HIV and test more frequently if unprotected intercourse occurs

Also note that it is possible to have an STI and show no signs or symptoms and the only way of knowing is by testing.

More information on HIV Basics, PEP, TaSP and Transmission can be found through the links in my signature to our POZ pages, this includes information on HIV Testing

Kind regards

Jim

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Re: Risk from one time condom break
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2019, 01:59:56 am »
Thank you very much for your advice.

If I am tested 6 weeks to the day of possible exposure, are the results accurate? I would of course rest again as 12 weeks.

Is it common for transmission to occur in hetero vaginal sex condom break incidences like this?

I know this all sounds like Iím over reacting but Iím very worried.

Finally is it possible to make a donation to the forum to support the work you are doing?

Thank you.

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Re: Risk from one time condom break
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2019, 03:45:05 am »
Look I understand the question however all I'm willing to say is it met all the biological conditions required for acquiring HIV and hence test out of caution

See, heterosexual transmission route is the largest worldwide, however as said the good news is that until the condom broke it would have been protecting you, also as you were the insertive partner. it would be less risk than being the receiving partner as example. 

As it was a possible exposure instead of me quoting bad statistics that really don't apply to individuals or take all factors into account our recommendation is simply to test.

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If I am tested 6 weeks to the day of possible exposure, are the results accurate? I would of course rest again as 12 weeks

Yeah, if it's an antibodies test from a blood draw (vain) than 6 weeks is a solid result, that will only rarely change for a very small number of outliers at 3 months. Up to you to accept the 6 weeks result or retest for a conclusive result

If it's testing with any approved rapid tests, than a 6 weeks is a good indicator although do test again at 3 months to confirm the earlier result.

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Finally is it possible to make a donation to the forum to support the work you are doing?

I appreciate the gesture.

As your incident was in The Netherlands, if you do want to donate than I would suggest the Dutch HIV organization as it really is a great support organization that provides excellent help to it's members and worthy of any support it can get : https://www.hivvereniging.nl/doneren

Alternatively if you want to support POZ.com buying a subscription is an option, although the only benefit for yourself is that for a limited time you can ask us additional questions, bejond the initial 3 free posts.

https://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=45006.0

Take it easy

Jim

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