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how to do when the condom remain within vagina?
Jun 24, 1997

I noticed that one person, a few after a complete intercourse, discovered the condom (with the semen) within the vagina. The women gone into the near local hospital to extract the condom. But I think that she is at high risk. It is better to do one HIV test? (ALEX, ITALY)

Response from Mr. Sowadsky

Alex,

Hi. Thank you for your question. This is a perfect example of how improperly using a condom can lead to a risk of infection. When a man is having intercourse, immediately after ejaculation, or as soon as he begins to lose his erection, he needs to pull out, holding the base of the condom as he withdraws. If he pulls out and doesn't hold the condom, the condom can remain in his partner, like in the situation you described above. This can happen during both vaginal and anal intercourse. The woman you referred to in your question became at high risk for HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD's). Under these circumstances, there was a significant chance that she was directly exposed to his semen. Had her partner properly used the condom, her risk would have been low. In a situation such as this, testing for HIV and other STD's is certainly something this woman should consider, if there is any chance the man was infected with any STD.

Any protective device, whether you are talking about condoms, automobile safety belts, safeguards on electric appliances, and other safety devices, will not work, unless you use them every time, and use them correctly. In this case, had the condom been used correctly, this woman would not have been at high risk of infection.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to call the Centers for Disease Control at 1.800.232.4636 (Nationwide).



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