Condoms are a method of birth control that block the entry of sperm, and also block other bodily fluids from spreading sexually transmitted diseases. Both male and female condoms are available that are made from latex, polyurethane, and lambskin. If used properly, it is effective in preventing pregnancy 98% of the time.

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What are the chances of getting HIV after protected sex?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 26-year-old male. I had protected sex with a sex worker a month back. I used one condom, she gave oral sex and post that had vaginal sex for 5 minutes. Once I finished off, I went to the bathroom and got cleaned off. I could not see any tear as such on the condom. I just washed my ...  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The chances of transmission of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) with given description is almost nil. The HIV test is likely to be negative. If the test is negative, it is almost conclusive provided there is no further risk exposure. The chance of test result coming p...  Read Full »

Should I take PEP if I had protected sex with a sex worker?

Query: Hello doctor, I feel so stupid. I got drunk and ended up having sex with a CSW. She gave me oral sex, and then we had vaginal sex. I did not touch her vagina with my fingers. Earlier in the evening, I had trimmed myself in my pubic area and had a slight abrasion, but there was no bleeding. I used a ...  Read Full »

Dr. Jyotisterna Mittal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. With protected sex, you are safe from contracting HIV (human immunodeficiency virus).  Read Full »

What is the risk of HIV when vaginal fluid comes in contact with the base of penis?

Query: Dear doctor, I had protected vaginal sex (with little lube) with a sex worker. Although the condom did not break or tear, I feel there could have been some vaginal secretions from her. Since it was my first time, I did not last long and released early, but there was no leakage from the condom, which...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have noted your concern. If the condom was of a proper size and well-fitted, there is no chance of vaginal fluids going inside from the base. Therefore, a protected vaginal sex is safe as far as risk of HIV is concerned. Yes, a rapid HIV screening test is considered ...  Read Full »

Is pregnancy possible in my case?

Query: Hi doctor, I had flipped the condom before having sex as I had put it the wrong way. Also, I urinated for a few minutes back. Can my partner get pregnant by this? Please explain me. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Dattaprasad Balasaheb Inamdar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Pregnancy is very unlikely in the given scenario. Thank you.   Read Full »

I will have sex for the first time. How can I prevent pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, I am going to have sex for the first time with my fiance. We have decided that he will be using a condom for protection. But to be 100 % sure about not getting pregnant, I want to take pills. We will be together for a week, so there are chances of having sex every day during that week....  Read Full »

Dr. Richa Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your history and understand your concerns. If you use a condom properly, there is no chance of pregnancy. But for extra precaution, you can use combined oral contraceptive pills. Usually, it should be started on the first day of your menses, but you...  Read Full »

I had sex with my wife on the day before her periods. Can she be pregnant?

Query: Hello doctor, My wife and I have three children after seven years of marriage life. My third child is eight months old. We have been using contraceptive pills. My wife is taking psychiatric treatment for depression. The contraceptive pills were increasing her problems with depression. We have decid...  Read Full »

Dr. Radha Peruvemba Hariharan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query, and I can understand your concern. There is no chance of your wife getting pregnant having had sex on the day before her first day of periods. So do not worry. This time your wife will not be pregnant. But you must also understand that condoms are no...  Read Full »

What care do we need while having sex during pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, My wife is entering her fourth month of pregnancy. Is it safe to have intercourse now? Is there anything that needs to take care of? We have not had intercourse in the last three months as we were not together. Kindly advise.  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan. R

Answer: Hi, Welcome to After 12 weeks of pregnancy, the placenta has formed, and the bond between mother and baby is strong enough to prevent any problems for the baby. The only issue is the infection in semen. It is valid throughout pregnancy. Semen is a body secretion and will have some bac...  Read Full »

What are the preventive measures in case of slippage or breakage of condoms?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 37 year old heterosexual male. I am HIV negative with no known STD. I always have safe sex. I always have very safe sex with girls who are not sex workers. But may have casual sex with others. Generally, I would imagine that they too would be practicing safe sex with their regul...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Udey

Answer: Hi, Welcome to An unsafe sex increases the chance of contracting STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) as well as HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). As you mentioned that the status of your partners are mostly not known, so this puts you in risk of contracting STD or HIV if you get in...  Read Full »

The condom leaked before penetration. Should she take an I-pill?

Query: Hello doctor,My partner and I tried to have sex for the first time. We are both virgins. I had put on a condom, but I ejaculated before penetrating her, and the condom leaked. A few drops fell on her vagina from the outside. Will there be any problem? Should she take an I-pill?  Read Full »

Dr. Meeta Airen

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If you do not want to take any chances, then she should take an I-pill (emergency contraceptive pill) within 72 hours of unprotected intercourse.   Read Full »

I had gay encounters followed by a lot of bleeding. Can it be AIDS?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 32-year-old man. I had gay encounters with three men in a massage parlor on three different days. In all three cases, we have used condoms. In my second and third encounters, I got a lot of blood, and that too very dark-colored blood, and something else also came. I had a word wi...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concerns. First of all, I like to inform you that the transmission of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) requires the mixing of body fluids. The use of condoms effectively prevents such mixing. I understand that there was bleedi...  Read Full »

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