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Sep 20, 2013

hi sir,, i am 29 old male and girlfriend is 24 and she suffering from hiv and on medication and she also have herpes,, about 4 weeks back we had sex which we were not thinking but it happened and we did used a condom properly,, does this act put me under any risk of getting infected as she has both hiv and herpes ,, because i am having early hiv symptoms like situation,, pls let me know the chances of being infected with hiv as my girlfriend has both herpes and hiv

Response from Ms. Southall

Hi Condoms are effective in the prevention of HIV transmission, as long as they are used correctly and do not break or slip off. When someone has two active sexually transmitted infections it does increase the risk of transmission, but from what you have told me that you used a condom for your intercourse your risk of HIV is extremely low. Condoms however do not protect against herpes as well. Your symptoms could be from a variety of different things including herpes. If your symptoms continue I would recommend that you follow up with your health care provider for evaluation.

Be well and stay safe, Shannon



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