It’s a lovely night – you’re enjoying sex with your partner after a wonderful dinner when, all of a sudden, you hear a ‘pop’. The condom, the barrier that helps to prevent sexually transmitted diseases (STD) from transferring, has broken. This is not an uncommon situation. A condom can be broken when it is not properly worn. Sometimes, you may not even notice it, and continue lust-filled intercourse with your partner, only to realise it later after orgasm. The protection has failed you. Now, what do you do?
Accidental unprotected sex is actually quite a common scenario. This can happen when the condom breaks, or when people are under the influence of alcohol or drugs and engage in intercourse. This can also happen when one person is asleep while the other party engages unprotected sex, or other possible situations that could amount to rape. Should you ever end up in a situation where you think you have been potentially exposed to STDs, there are a few steps you could follow to ensure that you and your partner are free of STDs.
Estimate for the risk for contracting STDs
You can gauge how likely you are to be contracting STDs. This can be based on a couple of factors. Are you having sexual intercourse with a partner who has been monogamous with you for a long period of time? Then, the risk may not be as high. Or are you having a hook-up with someone you just recently met, at a bar or online? The risk would be much higher. The risk is made even greater if you know that your partner has had many sexual partners recently, or has been dabbling in drugs or excessive alcohol.
It might also be good to check what the risks are for being infected by specific STDs. For instance, a partner who engages in mostly oral sex will have a much lesser chance of contracting HIV when compared to other diseases like herpes or syphilis. Knowing how different STDs transfer can help you better understand your risk of infection from the unfortunate accident.
Get PEP if necessary
Post-exposure prophylaxis, or PEP, is an antiretroviral medicine that can prevent you from being infected with HIV after potential exposure. HIV PEP in Singapore is only effective if started 72 hours after exposure, and is more effective the earlier it is taken. To get your hands on PEP, head to an Accident & Emergency department in any hospital, or visit an STD clinic in Singapore. Be warned though that PEP can cause side effects, such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, and that there have been cases where PEP does not work to stop the complete infection of HIV. The best way to prevent HIV is still to abstain from sex, or use protection if engaging in intercourse.
Visit an STD clinic in Singapore
Visiting an STD clinic is pretty much like going for a medical checkup at any other clinic. Only here, the clinic specialises in dealing with STDs – diseases that you may have been exposed to due to the accident you had. The STD clinic is a good place to ensure that you are free from STDs through HIV testing in Singapore and other tests. It is also a good place to seek treatment for these STDs, with doctors who are experts in this field, or ask any questions you may have. A visit to the STD clinic is essential in helping you maintain your sexual health. Don’t forget: it’ll put your sexual partners at a peace of mind too.