Oct 18, 2007
My girlfriend was recently diagnosed with hiv. She has had it for awhile because it has developed into aids. I am so far have been showing up negative. Well the other night we got drunk and had protected sex. But twice during sex I saw that the condom had broke . I changed it as soon as I saw it was broken but dont know how long I had gone with it broken. Her last blood work showed she had a tcell count of 4 and a viral load of 46,000. What are my chances I was infected? And are there condoms that are more durable?
Response from Dr. Frascino
Condom failure does place you at some degree of risk for HIV. You will need HIV tests at the three-month mark and, if negative, at the six-month mark. (The six-month follow-up test is a CDC recommendation based on the fact you had a documented significant exposure.)
Condom failure is an extremely rare occurrence if the latex condoms are used properly with water-or silicone-based lubricants. I would suggest you check the expiration date on your condoms and also check your lubricant to see if it is indeed water- or silicone-based. As for "more durable" condoms, most major brands have an "extra strength" variety (Durex Extra-Strength, Lifestyles Extra-Strength, etc.). However, in most cases, condom failure (breakage) is the result of improper use rather than lack of durability. Review your condom technique! (See archives.)
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