Ask Dr. K: "I had unprotected sex with my HIV+ partner"
"I just recently had sex with my HIV positive boyfriend. He isn’t on meds yet. He came inside my anus, but no blood or rupture happened. I then used the bathroom to empty out my rectum. Since he came inside me, am I going to be HIV positive now?"
Getting fucked without a condom by an HIV positive person is a
high-risk sexually activity—about 1 in 50 times that will result in HIV
transmission.. There is certainly no guarantee that you got HIV, but
there is a chance. Duration of intercourse, top or bottom position,
infectiousness of HIV+ partner, and presence of STDs in either partner
are important factors in assessing the risk of viral transmission.
For men who have been fucked in the past 72 hours without a condom and
have had a high-risk exposure, some doctors will recommend PEP, or
post-exposure prevention, which is a month of HIV medications to
prevent a patient from becoming HIV positive. You’d have to find out
what’s available in your area and again, it works best if taken quickly.
Emptying out your rectum does not prevent the transmission of HIV or
any other STDs. Using a condom is the best way to lessen that risk.
To find out your HIV status, you need to get tested. To find out where,
visit City Clinic for places in San Francisco or check out HIVtest.org
to do a zip code search.
To your health,
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Dr. K is Jeffrey D. Klausner, MD, MPH, a board-certified internist and infectious disease specialist. Currently, he is a deputy health officer and director of the STD Prevention and Control Services Section at the San Francisco Department of Public Health.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to serve as medical advice. The information provided should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease. It is not a substitute for professional care. If you have or suspect you may have a health problem, you should consult your health care provider.