Thursday, October 29, 2009

Q & A: "Once you have had unprotected sex with someone, is there any point in using condoms with that person later?"

Once you have had unprotected sex with someone, is there
any point in using condoms with that person later? I mean for the
purposes of avoiding transmitting AIDS, I'm on the pill, so I'm
not really worried about getting pregnant.

I would advise using condoms in future contacts, even if
you have had sex without a condom before with that
person. You will not always be infected with the AIDS virus every
time you have unprotected sexual exposure. The more times you
have contact with the virus, the more likely you are to be
infected by it. So getting away with it once, does not
necessarily mean getting away with it a second time.

If you are considering getting tested for exposure to the AIDS
virus, remember that it may take up to six months for your blood
test to become positive after exposure. Therefore if you had
exposure to the virus today, you might not have a positive test
until six months from now.

You also point out one of the drawbacks to using the pill -- it's
a great contraceptive, but it does not protect you against STD's.

-- S. Yates

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