Vaginal Fluid

Vaginal fluid is the secretion produced by the glands inside the vagina. They help in clearing away the dead cells and bacteria. The color and odor of this fluid can vary depending on the time of your menstrual cycle. Signs of vaginal infections include bloody or brown, cloudy, yellow, or foul-smelling vaginal fluid.

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Can HIV be transmitted by coming in contact with the vaginal fluid of a sex worker of unknown status?

Query: Hi doctor, I need some clarifications on the HIV issue. I had penetrative vaginal sex with a sex worker of unknown status. It was protective. I am worried because I fingered the girl, and after that, I put on my condom. I am afraid my glans penis might have come in contact with vaginal fluid o...  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The chances of transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) by single protected intercourse with an HIV-positive person are almost nil if the condom is used correctly. If you doubt that there is a slight chance of coming in contact with vaginal secretion, t...  Read Full »

What can I do if I have been exposed to HIV?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a high-risk encounter on Friday night with a sex worker. We used a condom, and she wiped our contact areas with an antibacterial wipe, a separate one for her and me, and we had sex. I came in the condom, and she used a fresh wipe to remove the condom. On Saturday morning, I noticed...  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for the query. It appears to be due to friction or irritation. Clean the area with warm water twice daily. You can apply a topical antibiotic cream. The chances of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) are very low. As a baseline, you can go for STD (sexually tra...  Read Full »

Got in contact with vaginal fluid during oral sex. Will it cause HIV?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 25-year-old male. Recently, I went for a trip and ended up in engaging in sexual activity with a female sex worker. I first did a vaginal intercourse with a condom and then oral sex using the same condom (with the vaginal fluids). After 15 minutes, I got an unprotected oral sex...  Read Full »

Dr. Kiran Anaparthi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to First, protected sexual activity carries negligible risk. Protected or unprotected oral sex carries no risk as HIV transmission through oral sex is none considering she has no oral bleeding or ulcers and you have no ulcer on the penis. Shower bath will not protect from ...  Read Full »

How to have safe sex?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 23 year old male. I am currently in a relationship with a girl. I would like to have sexual affair with her but I am shy. I request some tips on how to have safe sex and how to approach the entire act. I have searched the internet but it is more confusing. Secondly, I want my partn...  Read Full »

Dr. Rashmi Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I appreciate your awareness regarding safe sex and seeking opinion for it. Use a condom. I know that it is the most repetitive advice but you got to stick with this one, no matter what your temptation is. Not just for preventing pregnancy, but for preventing STDs (sexu...  Read Full »

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. D. V. R. Poosha

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 »

Is there any chance to get HIV by contacting vaginal fluids in condom after sex?

Query: Hello doctor, After I had sex with sex-worker, I put my penis inside underwear before removing the condom. Her vaginal fluids would have spread in my underwear. After one minute, I removed the condom and put it back in the underwear. The penis could have touched vaginal fluids in the underwear. Is ...  Read Full »

Dr. Kiran Anaparthi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The answer to your question is simple. How long do you live in water? The same is applicable to HIV virus too. How long HIV virus survive in outside environment? Here the answer is a minimum of eight seconds and a maximum of 30 seconds owing to environmental temperature...  Read Full »

I am discharging a transparent vaginal fluid all time. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 33 year old unmarried girl. I am having high sex desire, which makes me uncomfortable. I have transparent fluid discharge all the time. What to do?  Read Full »

Dr. Purushottam Sah

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is quite natural at your age. If you are taking any medicine or nutritional supplement on a regular basis, then it may be due to the side effect of that. If you want to reduce it, then you should involve yourself in work, games and hobbies. Also, try not to remain alo...  Read Full »

I am using IUD. Is it normal to get thicker vaginal fluid during intercourse?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had the Mirena IUD for about a year now. Recently I found my vaginal opening is getting rather tight and small. There is no pain or odor. Because of this, my partner feels difficult to have sex. This went on for almost two months now. When we did finally, my fluids were clear with ...  Read Full »

Dr. R Balakrishnan Menon

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I do not see any reason for you to worry. Mirena is an IUD (intrauterine device), and it releases hormone progesterone for over the years. This hormone makes the inner lining of uterus thin and also the secretion thicker, whiter without odor or any other symptoms. As yo...  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 prostitute. 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 conside...  Read Full »

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