Don’t panic! Accidents happen, so try not to blame each other. If a condom breaks or slips off during a service:
- stop the service
- try to remain calm
- look for the condom (is it still on the client’s penis, or has it disappeared inside you?)
- follow the advice below depending on the service
- seek PEP services if there is a risk for HIV transmission (more information on PEP can be found here)
- go for an STI check after seven days, or earlier if symptoms develop.
A woman having vaginal sex should:
- urinate to clear your urethra
- remove excess semen by squatting down and squeezing with your vaginal muscles
- wash the outside of your genitals by splashing them with water
- not douche or wash inside your vagina because this can push any sperm and bacteria into the cervix, which is more likely to result in a pregnancy or STI. Douching also alters the useful bacteria that protects your vagina from infection
- get emergency contraception—such as the morning after pill—if no other contraception is being used. Emergency contraception is available at the chemist, or contact your sexual health clinic or doctor.
A person receiving anal sex should:
- sit on the toilet and bear down to remove as much semen as possible
- not douche because this can create tears in the anus and increase the likelihood of STI infection including HIV.
A person giving anal sex should:
- wash the genital area thoroughly, particularly under the foreskin
A person giving oral sex should:
- spit out any semen quickly, or swallow it immediately—do not let it stay in your mouth
- rinse and spit using water
- not brush or floss the teeth for at least one hour after the service.
A man receiving oral sex should:
- urinate immediately and wash the penis thoroughly, particularly under the foreskin.