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Condom breakage and duration
      #19422 - 07/18/01 01:14 AM

Hey everyone. I am sorta freaking out about a recent sexual experience I had. I had intercourse with a woman that might have been infected. It only lasted for 5 seconds, then I pulled out as I was not very secure in the situation. I looked down to find that there was a slight tear in the condom towards the middle, but there was no cut on my penis. This was also a one time deal. So I have two questions. 1). If the condom breaks, and there is immediate pull out. Is this the same risk as unprotected sex? and 2) does duration and amount of contact with fluids play a part in infection, or can just grazing some infected fluid assure infection?? I would really appreciate answers to these questions. Thank you all so much

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      #19427 - 07/18/01 09:04 AM

Question # 1: No. The CDC says a broken condom rarely results in infection. If it helps, the odds of infection through unprotected vaginal sex with an infected partner are reported to be about 1 in 500. Bad news: a broken condom does increase the risk, but it doesn't really fall into the "Oh My God" level of possible exposure.

Question # 2: I'm a little grey on this one, but: Infected fluids have to come into contact with either your urethra or a fresh wound of some type to pose a realistic threat. If that happens then obviously the more fluid the higher the risk.

Opinion: A broken condom poses more risk than an intact one. You can play "what if" with this one forever, so you should take some time to ponder a few things:
1) WHY might she have been infected?
2) Did you ask her if she has tested, and what the results were?
3) Relatively low risk or not, if you're going to start worrying about it - and most of us here do - you should talk to a doctor, health clinic, or someone equally qualified and ask them if you need to test for HIV. Take their advice, whatever it is, and do what you need to do.

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