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If a HIV neg male has protected intercourse with a HIV pos female, what are the chances/possibility of infection of the HIV neg male (given condom used correctly and did not break)? How would you rate the risk of the protected intercourse in this case?
Hi. It is difficult to give a number or percentage to the chances of getting HIV, because there are many factors that could come into play. There are things that can increase the chances such as a high amount of virus (viral load) in the blood, or having another STI at the same time. Likewise there are things that can lower the chances such as condom use or low viral load. Condoms provide... Read Full Answer
How effective are polyisoprene condoms compared to regular latex condoms?
Hi. We have spent some time trying to find studies that actually compare polyisoprene condoms with other condoms. So far we haven't found any scientific studies. We are going to continue looking into this and hope to add some information to our site. In Canada, condoms are considered medical devices and therefore must meet standards set by Health Canada. Because polyisoprene condoms are... Read Full Answer
Why is Syphilis on the rise?
Hi. We have seen an increase in syphilis, starting in 2011. In BC, the majority of cases (almost all) are now in men who have sex with men (MSM), many of whom also have HIV. The increase is possibly due to a number of things. One factor may be changes in social networks, otherwise known as "who you hang out with and have sex with". If an infection gets into a community or social... Read Full Answer
I hear that it hurts to get STI testing. Do they need to stick a swab in my penis?
Hi. These days you usually don’t need to get a swab in your penis. Most of the time all you have to do for Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea testing, is pee in a cup. If you have been treated for Gonorrhea you may be asked to return for a swab to make sure that it is gone. Your health care provider will talk to you about this if they think it is needed. For more about STI testing, click... Read Full Answer
I can't use condoms because they kill my erection. Any ideas?
Hi. This is an issue for many men, and it can be problem when you want or need to use condoms. There are a few things you can try. You can start by trying to link condom use with pleasure. One way to do this is by masturbating with a condom on when you are alone. You can also try masturbating until you are close to ejaculation, and then putting a condom on. Sometimes it helps to have a... Read Full Answer