The condom split. I am afraid for hiv.

What should I do?

Do not panic

If the condom splits or slides off, there is no need to panic.
Don’t wash your penis with aggressive products such as Dettol, chlorine or alcohol. You could damage the mucus membrane around the head of your penis and the entrance to your urethra. This will actually increase your risk of STIs.
There is a small risk of hiv, but no percentages can be given.
Hiv is not very common among prostitutes in the Netherlands and the transfer from female to male during vaginal sex is more difficult than the other way round.

Risk for STIs & hiv depends on:

  • where the condom splits (at the top or around the base)
  • when the split occurs (at the start of sex or not until the end)
  • whether the woman has her period
  • whether you withdrew straight away (the longer the unprotected contact, the greater the risk).


You can be tested for chlamydia and gonorrhoea two weeks after the accident with the condom. 
You can test for HIV, syphilis and hepatitis B after three months.

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