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one more oil, condom, blood

Aug 28, 2001

dear sir, please take some time to answer my question.

several weeks ago i had an encounter with an hiv + woman. i used a condom, but baby oil was the lubricant. there was blood on the outside of the condom (hers). there was no break and i was inside her for five to ten minutes.

could the virus have passed through microscopic holes in damaged latex?

i have been ill for two weeks now with diarrhea.

Response from Mr. Kull

Since oil-based lubricants can cause microscopic tears in a latex condom, it is possible that your risk for infection is greater than if you had used water-based lubricants. However, the fact that you used oil-based lubrication does not make your risk significant; it just raises some questions around the level of protection the condom offered. Being exposed to an infected person's blood does pose a greater risk for infection. It's quite possible that you didn't have mucous membrane contact with HIV, but it's hard to say. Getting tested three-six months after this exposure is advisable.

The odds of getting infected in one episode of UNPROTECTED sex with an HIV infected person are lower than many people think; the fact that you used a condom, even though the integrity of the condom is questionable, could decrease those odds. See my response to "Recent Study of Per Contact Risk"


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