What you can do if you are worried that you or your partner could get an STI or become pregnant:
See a health care provider
If you had vaginal, anal or oral sex and condom breaks, one should see healthcare provider as soon as possible. If your partner has tested positive for an STI, it is important that you also have STI testing. Depending on the type of STI, you will be offered testing and may be given medications. This medication will prevent the STI whether or not you had symptoms.
Get tested for STIs
Get tested for STIs if you had sex and the condom broke. Getting tested will help you know for sure if you have an STI, even if there are no symptoms. find out where you can get tested.
Taking the emergency contraceptive pills (Plan B) as soon as possible and within five days of having unprotected will reduce the chance of becoming pregnant. Copper IUDs are also a good option for emergency contraception and can be inserted up to seven days after uprotected intercourse.
HIV Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)
If you know or think there is a significant chance that your partner has HIV, there is medication that you can take within 72 hours to reduce your chances of getting HIV.
Other things you can do:
- Check the expiry on the package; expired condoms are more likely to break.
- Keep your condoms in a cool, dry place.
- Check to make sure the tip is pinched when the condom is rolled onto the penis.
- Sharp nails or jewelry can tear condoms.
- Use water based or silicone lubes because petroleum and oil based lubes weaken latex condoms. Find outmore about lubricants.