Condoms can break, slip or leak if they are not put on and taken off properly. If you feel the condom break at any point during sexual activity, you should stop immediately, withdraw, remove the broken condom and put on a new condom. If you believe that you may have been exposed to HIV, post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) treatment lowers the risk of transmission, but must be taken within 48 hours. EPIC’s Sexual Health Center in St. Petersburg supports access to PEP. Emergency contraception, which prevents pregnancy (but not STIs), can be started five days after unprotected sex, but the sooner it is started the better it works.
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