What To Do If… The condom breaks?

Sometimes condoms break or slip off during sex. There are a few things that you can do to help prevent this from happening – check out our condom tips here. But regardless of how careful you are, sometimes it happens. If it does, you should consider doing include:


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

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.

Tests: what you need to know