The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App 
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
Ask the Experts About

Safe Sex and HIV PreventionSafe Sex and HIV Prevention
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
Recent AnswersAsk a Question
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

Female to male HIV transmission

Jun 30, 2013

I'm 18, HIV + since birth. Currently I have been having sex with my boyfriend and we ALWAYS use a condom. However, last night when we were having sex, the condom broke for a brief moment and we didn't notice until he pulled out before he ejaculated. We had no clue it popping. It was about 30 seconds or less that the condom was broken. How big is the risk that I gave him HIV? Although it was for a very brief moment,and we always use condoms. I'm just scared that he may be affected in some way.

Response from Ms. Southall

Hi The risk of transmission is very small. If you are on treatment we know having an undetectable blood viral load can greatly reduce the risk of HIV transmission, it is unclear exactly what this risk is reduced to, but one study does say up to 96% reduction in transmission. It is also difficult for a woman to pass the virus onto a man. I'm positive and my husband is negative, so I can speak from a personal side as well. We have had instances of oops moments, it's scary I know. My husband is tested every 6 months or so. The risk of HIV transmission from you to your boyfriend from this experience is very small.

Be well and stay safe, Shannon

Razor Blade at Work...
Is protected Sex dangerous?

  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

 Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS



This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.

Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint