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Author Topic: High Risk Exposure from Broken Condom  (Read 346 times)

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Offline Footytraveller

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High Risk Exposure from Broken Condom
« on: November 09, 2019, 05:01:01 pm »
Hi guys

Thank you for having me and firstly I want to say that this forum is a brilliant educational resource for people in my kind of situation ie extremely worried.

So, my situation. I had insertive anal sex with a transsexual escort 3 weeks ago and the condom broke - it could have been for anything between 3 seconds and a minute.

I know you donít talk about symptoms but in the last couple of days I have developed a cough and have two mouth ulcers - one on my tongue and one on the inside of my cheek. I canít recall the last time I had mouth ulcers.

My anxiety has now gone through the roof and I wish I had taken PEP. At the time, the girl told me she was negative and on prep (and I obviously told her I was negative too, she didnít seem too worried). We used condoms for oral sex.

Iím trying not to think about it too much and I know the odds are still in my favour, but itís become absolutely obsessive in the last few days :-(

So my main question is when is a good time to test? Is it worth getting tested now or should I wait another week for the four-week mark?

Thank you
J




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Re: High Risk Exposure from Broken Condom
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2019, 05:21:51 pm »
Hiya,

The good news is until the condom broke it would have been protecting you and presuming you were the insertive partner your risk would be less than that for the receptive partner as example.

Anyhow, if this was the only potentially exposure then I suspect you will be fine when you test to confirm your HIV status.

Test at 6 weeks post this encounter with an approved HIV antibodies test, this result will rarely ever change. If you wish to confirm that result test again at 3 months post exposure.

In the meantime see your doctor and treat whatever is making you feel unwell instead of stressing about it. 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 protection going forward

Keep in mind that some sexual practices which may be described as Ďsafeí in terms of HIV transmission might still pose a risk for transmission of other 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

Kind regards

Jim

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Re: High Risk Exposure from Broken Condom
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2019, 06:39:51 pm »
Hi Jim

Thanks for the quick reply, really appreciate it.  It has made me feel a bit more confident but Iím still so worried, and concerned about the Ďsymptomsí.

I will update in this thread after I get tested at 6 weeks. Fingers crossed - hopefully luck goes my way.

Thanks

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Re: High Risk Exposure from Broken Condom
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2019, 07:20:59 pm »
You're welcome
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Transmission and Risks:
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PEP and PrEP

 


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