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Posted by: Just Wondering | 2008-10-31

Contracting HIV

Hi
Just a question. What are your chances of contracting HIV, should you have touched the outside of the condom after protected sex, and then touched the head of your penis after the condom was removed?

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Probably slim; the HIV virus is transmitted by fluids (most concentrated in the blood - ie. a smaller amount is required; less concentrated in other fluids) and usually has to be absorbed into the blood stream (e.g. via an abrasion) or via the mucous membrane (e.g. mouth, anus, genital tract)... Given that it sounds like you are concerned that you might have transmitted it on your hands (from touching fluids on the outside of the condom to your penis), this again makes it less likely as the fluids on the outside of the condom may have begun to dry, as my the fluid on the head of your penis (again, making transmission less likely).
More information is available on the Health 24 website (http://www.health24.com/medical/Condition_centres/777-792-814-1764,22011.asp). Another informative site is http://www.sfaf.org/aids101/transmission.html. Check these out to see if your fears are confirmed or allayed. If you remain concerned after this, then perhaps you should consult with a healthcare professional face to face to discuss the specifics of your experience...

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Posted by: ABC | 2008-10-31

If there were any bodily fluids on it (as there is after sex), then you might have infected yourself
Have your partner tested and go for a test yourself

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