Sometimes we’re drunk, high or just don’t use a condom when having sex. Whatever the reason, it’s important to know what to do next:
If you know or think there is a significant chance that your partner has HIV (and is not undetectable or their viral load is unknown), there is medication that you can take within 72 hours to reduce your chances of getting HIV.
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. You should wait for at least 2 weeks before getting a test. You shouldn’t have sex during these two weeks.
Find out where you can get tested.
If you have had sex with someone who has an STI, you should go to an STI clinic as soon as possible. If your partner has tested positive for an STI, you will be offered testing and may be given medications to treat the STI whether or not you have symptoms.
Speak with someone about drink & drugs
If you are drinking or taking drugs and are feeling embarrassed about your behaviour or not being able to remember the night before, getting into arguments, or having risky sexual encounters, including not using condoms – it might be a good idea to consider speaking to someone about your drink and/or drug use. See our section on drink & drugs and our support section.