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Tuesday, October 25, 2016
HIV and AIDS
Testing After Probable Blood to Blood Contact
My boyfriend and I are each other's first sexual partners and were engaging in sexual intercourse without a condom when he got a cut on the top of his penis and subsequently bled a little inside me. I had only just finished my period and am concerned that there may have been contact between blood. Is it worth seeing a doctor? A friend told me it was unlikely that any blood had got into my system.
Blood to blood contact is always a risk during unprotected sex. It is never entirely clear that partners know all of the previous risk that each may have encountered. It may be prudent to be tested for hepatitis and HIV (both partners) to be certain. Neither of these illnesses would necessarily show any symptoms for years, but the tests should be useful at this time after possible exposure.
Gary Roselle, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati