Condoms are very effective at preventing infections. It really doesn't matter whether the person you had sex with was a prostitute, someone you met online, your wife or your best friend. Condoms work just as well, whoever the partner is.
The point to focus on is whether you used condoms to protect yourself and whether the condom was used correctly, without it splitting or coming off. If a condom was used correctly, you don't need to worry about HIV. Condoms also reduce the risk of most sexually transmitted diseases, although there are some infections that can be passed on through close physical contact, whether or not a condom was used.
If you are worried about a recent encounter, getting tested for sexually transmitted diseases may well be the most efficient and effective way to give you peace of mind.
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I foolishly had sex 7 times with 6 different prostitutes within six months. All the time I used condom. What is my HIV risk?
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I have had sexual encounters with street prostitutes last weekend and I am worried about the consequences. On both occasions I brought and used my own condom.