IF THE CONDOM BREAKS

A MORNING-AFTER TREATMENT FOR EXPOSURE TO HIV MIGHT PROTECT YOU FROM AIDS. BUT DON'T COUNT ON IT

The 30-year-old Bostonian knew he was taking a chance when he visited a bathhouse for a homosexual tryst. It wasn't until the condom broke and he saw the blood that he blanched. Had he picked up HIV, the virus that causes AIDS? The next morning, he called his physician, Dr. Stephen Boswell of the Fenway Community Health Center, in a panic. Could the doctor please do something to help?

As it happened, Dr. Boswell thought maybe he could. It wouldn't be easy, he explained, and there was no guarantee of success. The treatment he offered--an intense chemical barrage with the same...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!