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Offline Codeblack

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« on: May 01, 2020, 01:28:43 pm »
I had protected sex with a guy however there was blood on the condom when we got finished. He asked me a question that i didn’t know the answer too. The question is if your viral load is undetectable could you still transmit the virus from anal bleeding if no protection was used?

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Re: Question
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2020, 01:46:53 pm »

Welcome to the forum.

As this is a prevention question I've moved this thread to the prevention section. Here some of the more senior forum members answer posts and, you can ask any prevention questions you have within this thread.

Question for you is your VL is UD for more than 6 months and you are continuing treatment? If yes, the answer is undetectable = untransmittable (U=U), a bit of blood and fluids can/does happens during sex, doesn't change anything. More details on TASP/U=U can be found here https://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=71864.0

As for your friend, well if he had posted here firstly he would be told HIV can't transmit through an intact latex or polyurethane condom. Blood does not change that and that if a condom fails during the act of intercourse it's obvious to the insertive partner. There is no reason to be stressing about intercourse as long as this obvious issue did not happen.

We would also educate him on U=U (TaSP) and promote PrEP.
Anyhow, I hope that answers the question but feel free to ask anything.

Also, we are a friendly bunch so feel free to stick around. New forum members are asked to post an introduction thread in the "Living with HIV" section. You know let us know how are you doing, what are your recent lab results are like, how is treatment going etc.

Best, Jim


Keep in mind that some sexual practices which may be described as ‘safe’ 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 comdonless intercourse occurs, use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, every time, no exceptions. to reduce your risks.
« Last Edit: May 01, 2020, 01:53:19 pm by Jim Allen »
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