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Risk from Unbroken Condom and Harmonica-Style Oral
Aug 4, 2011

I am a gay male, 20 years old. A week ago I had (completely sober) sex with a man 15 years my senior and--as far as he knew--HIV negative. He fucked me with a condom that didn't break or slip, and he didn't even ejaculate. Before that, I had briefly sucked his dick "harmonica-style," making sure I avoided the head, for five seconds. We ended up climaxing by watching each other masturbate, but I'm worried that somehow HIV may have gotten through the condom, or that some pre-cum may have dribbled down to the base of his penis and gotten into a small ulcer on the inside of my lip. I don't remember any pre-cum, and the room was well-lit, but I'm still worried nonetheless.

People tell me these activities are low risk, but I can't understand how low of a risk. Everything happened exactly as I've described it, so what is the risk level of my situation?

Thank you.

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hi.

Your fears are unwarranted. HIV cannot permeate intact latex. No way. No how. Harmonica-style hummers are not a risk for HIV transmission/acquisition.

If my reassurance is not sufficient for you to put these fears permanently to rest, get a single HIV-antibody test at the three-month mark. The result will undoubtedly be negative.

Continue to play safe and you'll stay safe.

Dr. Bob



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