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what are the odds of getting hiv from a broken condom

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what are the odds of getting hiv from a broken condom
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  TheGermDoctor replied 5 years ago.

Do you know if your partner has HIV infection?

If so- do you know any details about the partner- advanced disease? on medications? Viral load level?


And what specifically happened?

I cannot tell if you are male or female- whose condom broke? and was it during vaginal sex? anal sex? insertive or receptive?


The question is a bit more complicated to be able to give a simple answer.

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
male condom broke during vaginal sex. dont know female hiv or not
Expert:  TheGermDoctor replied 5 years ago.


Well if she is not HIV infected, then your risk is obviously 0.

Even if she is HIV infected, with one single exposure, the risk is well under 1%- somewhere in the range of about 0.05%. Obviously there are factors that can change this- like if she is indeed infected or has a high level of virus etc.


But overall the risk is low enough, that without any more information, I would not generally advise "post-exposure prophylaxis" ( medications taken after the fact to lower the risk of infection). Now if you found out she was indeed infected- I would consider that.


I would nonetheless advise follow up HIV testing- at 4-6 seeks, and again at about 3 months to be sure.


Good luck.


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Edited by TheGermDoctor on 2/14/2011 at 1:06 AM EST
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