We didn’t use condoms and are worried

It isn't always easy to use condoms.  If we didn’t use condoms, or if the condom broke, we may want to think about…

  • Preventing Pregnancy: If we want to prevent pregnancy, we can take Plan B, the emergency contraceptive pill, as soon as possible and within 3 days of having sex without a condom.  In BC, Plan B is available for a small price at drug stores, and we don’t need a prescription.
  • Getting a Pregnancy Test: If we want to know if we’re pregnant, we can pick up an at-home pregnancy test at our local drug store. Results will be accurate within 14 days of having penis-in-vagina sex without a condom.
  • Preventing HIV: If we know or think that our partner is living with HIV, there is medication called post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) that we can take within 72 hours to reduce our chances of getting HIV. To get PEP in the Vancouver area, visit HIM's website.
  • Getting Tested for STIs: Sex without condoms puts us at risk of getting sexually transmitted infections, such as HIV and Hep C.

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