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How do I know if a cut is a "deep or fresh" wound?
Aug 10, 2003

Several weeks ago I engaged in sexual intercourse with woman of unknown HIV-status. I used a condom but there were two pin-sized scabs at the base of my penis. These scabs were the remainder of nicking myself while shaving almost 24hrs prior to the sex act. They were not covered by the condom and I am very afraid that vaginal fluids may have somehow entered them. Am I at risk given this scenario? I am pretty sure that the scabs did not break during intercourse but I don't know what you mean by "deep or fresh" wounds. Please help. Thanks.

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello,

"Deep" as in dripping blood. "Fresh" as in not scabbed over or healed up. So, "deep, fresh" wounds are the kinds that make you hop around the room dripping blood, yelling, "Ouch, damn that hurts!"

You used a condom for sex, so you should be fine, even with the 2 pin-sized scabs.

One final thought: You really should be a bit more careful when shaving Mr. Happy!!!

Dr. Bob



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