Q and A

Question

If a HIV negative man comes inside a HIV positive woman what are the risks to the man?

What is the risk if a negative man having sex with a positive woman uses a condom but then when the man is about to come he takes off the condom and he comes inside of the woman? Will the man be infected?

Answer

Thank you for your question.

There will always be a risk with any form of unprotected sex even if it the time that the sex is unprotected is short. However, the level of risk will vary depending on several factors such as whether the positive person is on treatment, their viral load, whether either person has any STIs or cuts etc.

I am assuming you are asking this question with regards to having a baby. If this is the case then there are several things that can be done to protect both partners and still conceive naturally. For more information please follow this link.


Information on this website is provided by treatment advocates and offered as a guide only. Decisions about your treatment should always be taken in consultation with your doctor.

55 comments

  1. Emmanuel

    Can symptoms of HIV show after 1 year of exposure?

  2. Lisa Thorley

    Hi Amanda,

    A persons viral load can only be undetectable if they are on medication, or if they are an elite controller. Are you on meds? If you are how long have you been on them for?

    If you aren’t on meds, and you aren’t an elite controller, then no, your viral load won’t be undetectable.

  3. Amanda

    My CD4 count is 764 as of January this year . Does this mean that I’m undetectable?

  4. Lisa Thorley

    Hi Mathew,

    Because your girlfriend isn’t on treatment, there is a risk that you may be HIV positive. Therefore, you should test and test as soon as possible.

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