Dec 21, 2011
I had sex with a guy I met online. We had protected sex but I didn't realize the condom slipped off. He was inside for about 4-5 seconds unprotected. Should I get tested for STDs like herpes, hiv, etc? I am extremely anxious.
Response from Mr. Cordova
Certain STD's, such as Herpes and Syphilis are transmitted from skin-to-skin contact. Even with a condom, it's possible for transmission to occur. Herpes is pretty common, and you've likely come into contact with it already. I would not recommend screening for it, unless you're experiencing an outbreak in the genital region. Cold sores/fever blisters (on/near the lips) are also Herpes, and there is over-the-counter medication that can help shorten the duration, should you get one.
Syphilis is another STD that you should be screened for on an annual basis. If you have a lot of sexual partners, you might benefit from testing for Syphilis every six months.
Your risk for HIV was still fairly low due to the short length of time that he was inside of you, but was still a risk. You could get an accurate HIV test at 90 days or just wait until your next scheduled HIV test (if that is after the 90 day mark).
Bottom line: A full screening on an annual to six month basis will usually suffice. Be sure to keep the condom on from start to finish, each and every time.
I hope this helps.
In health, Richard
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