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Am I At Risk For HIV After The Risky Behavior?

08/16/2000

Question:

Am I at risk if I had sexual act with sexworker (woman) using a condom? After that she manipulated my genitals with her hand while the condom was still on and later without the condom. She might have had vaginal fluid on her hand. The question is: how long will the HIV virus live in the open air?

I tested negative 1,5 months after that, but I am still very very afraid of having HIV. How big is the risk that I have HIV?

Answer:

Your risk of having acquired HIV infection in this manner are low given the fact that you have tested HIV negative twice so far. If you remain HIV negative at 1 year after the mentioned encounter and have not engaged in any further high risk behavior, then you are not at risk of having acquired HIV from that encounter.

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Response by:

Pamposh   Kaul, MD Pamposh Kaul, MD
Assistant Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati