Protected Sex

Protected or safe sex is methods to reduce the risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Some of the ways that you can protect yourself from infections like HIV, chlamydia, syphilis, and gonorrhea are using barrier methods like condoms or dental dams.

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I had condom during sex but still afraid of the contact that occurs with vaginal fluid by hand. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I had sex with a woman, but I do not know her HIV status. I used a condom, but I am afraid that the condom is not safe, and I might have into contact with some of her vaginal fluid by my hand.  Read Full »

Dr. Poosha Darbha


Answer: Hello, Welcome to A condom is much safer (about 80 %) compared to unprotected sex. So you are safer to that extent even if she would be HIV positive. But then, as you guessed right, condoms may not protect you from every infection or infestation. Therefore it is good to see an STD spe...  Read Full »

I am under medication for PCOS. How to have safe sex with my partner?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 21-year-old female. I have a polycystic ovarian syndrome. Ever since 14 years right now I am taking medication such as Provera (Medroxyprogesterone) 10 mg x 5 doses OD if ever I would miss my menstruation since I have an irregular menstrual cycle. My problem is how to have safe s...  Read Full »

Dr. Rushabh Mehta

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The best option is low dose contraceptive pills it will help to regularise your periods. And also you will not require to use Provera (Mehydroxyprogestrone). Try to control weight by diet and exercise to prevent PCOS. Avoid oily and spicy foods and butter cheese, po...  Read Full »

My condom has moved a little during vaginal sex. Can I be infected with HIV in this way?

Query: Hello doctor,I am worried when I use a condom and when condom in vaginal sex a little bit goes up and down on penis, and vaginal fluid is on end of the penis, end of the penis (cca 2 cm) is not always covered with condom then I am in panic and ask my self can I be infected in this way and should be ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ravinder Kaur Sachdeva

HIV AIDS Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The virus can not permeate through the intact condom. The amount of protection given by barrier contraceptive (condom) is not only​ for HIV but also for other sexually transmitted infections. Research has ample evidence to suggest that condom forms a valuable part ...  Read Full »

I had a protected sex but still I fear I have HIV. Please help me to get out of this.

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 24-year-old male. I had six times protected sex with a prostitute. I had used a condom all the time, and it was not broken or slip off. At all the time, I used to do vaginal intercourse merely half a minute. After that, I remove my part and masturbate. I have not ejaculated insid...  Read Full »

Dr. Jeremy David O'kennedy

Internal Medicine Physician, General Medicine Physician, HIV AIDS Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Even though there is a higher than normal incidence of HIV infection in workers in the sex trade, the fact that you used a condom, does make the risk that you contracted the HI Virus very low and unlikely. In my experience, however, I have found that patients will on...  Read Full »

I have protected sex and after that I get inflammation in urinary tract. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have protected sex with stranger and after that I get inflammation in urinary tract. Should I get worried about it?  Read Full »

Dr. Parth R Goswami

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Hematologist, Pathologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If you have symptoms of inflammation of urinary tract than you have to rule out urinary tract infection. For that, I suggest you investigate with urine routine microscopic examination report and urine culture for primary work-up. You can revert back with reports once...  Read Full »

Why are there red spots on the penis even after having protected sex?

Query: Hello doctor, Male received protected oral and gave protected anal sex to a sex worker. She sat on his chest. It was a licensed establishment which claimed she had been tested regularly. Three days later ended up in the hospital with diarrhea (yellow with mucus) and intense fatigue like never befor...  Read Full »

Dr. Rabia


Answer: Hello, Welcome to According to your description, it can be a bacterial infection (other than STD as tests are negative). An infection acquired through gastrointestinal tract can present like this. The antibiotic course was done for diarrhea or not? Yes, the skin of the scrotum is ver...  Read Full »

Can HIV be contracted with protected sex?

Query: Hi doctor, I had protected sex with a sex worker and according to my knowledge condom did not break and slip. Can I contract HIV? I took HIV combo test CMIA method at 28th-day and the result came negative. Again on the 35th day and 41st day both were negative. Please suggest.  Read Full »

Dr. Ravinder Kaur Sachdeva

HIV AIDS Specialist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Following are the answers to your query: Condoms are an excellent way to protect not only from HIV but also from other sexually transmitted infection (STI) and if you have used the condom correctly and it did not slip off or break, it is unlikely you contract HIV if yo...  Read Full »

Can sexual intercourse be considered safe on 19th day of menstrual cycle?

Query: Hello doctor, My query is that my fiancee got her period 18 days back and she wants to do intercourse tomorrow. My question is whether it comes under safe days or not. If not, what to do for protected sex?  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Family Physician, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Infertility Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You are right in contemplating the fact that tomorrow she will be on her day 19 of her cycle, which is her unsafe period if her menses have been regular, so chances of pregnancy with unprotected intercourse would definitely be higher. So, the best way to have protect...  Read Full »

I had protected sex on 14th day of cycle. Can this cause delayed period?

Query: Hi doctor, I have an average cycle length of 29 days with the longest being 31 days. I have never missed a period before and always got a brown discharge before my periods. I last had my periods 31 days back, then had protected sex once (with my partner wearing a condom) on the 14th day of the cycl...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Family Physician, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Infertility Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As you said that the sex was protected and that there was no condom misadventure, so chances of pregnancy are minimal and the symptoms are more of premenstrual rather than pregnancy. However, considering that both symptoms overlap, the best way to rule out any pregna...  Read Full »

Can p24 antigen test help in early detection of HIV?

Query: Hi doctor, Before 19 days, I had protected sex with a part-time sex worker and freaked out after the incident. I am worried about any possible infection that could happen. I did a p24 antigen test. The results are p24 antigen on fourth day-0.125, sixth day-0.254, ninth day-0.271, twelfth day-0.274, ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ramchandra Lamba

Psychiatrist, Sexologist, Psychologist Counsellor

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Yes, the titer of p24 is increased, but still, it is below the threshold value of being positive. Also, your PCR RNA done after two weeks is also negative. Your HIV 1 and HIV 2 tests done on the nineteenth day is also negative. It indicates that you do not have any inf...  Read Full »

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