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Am I in danger?

Question: 

Bye. I have a problem and I hope you can answer my question. I was with a man who is HIV positive. I went to him. He had a wound to his leg, but I can't remember exactly if it was a scab, but I don't believe it was an open wound. I touched his wound accidentally with my hand several times, until I noticed the wound. I didn't have any open wounds on my arm, and I don't think he was either, but I'm still not sure about him. I had a few calluses on my arm. He then gave me an oral - Blowjob, which lasted about 20 seconds, and I told him to stop, I didn't finish. That was all. Am I at risk of getting HIV?

Answer: 

Hi there,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the risk of HIV transmission from touching a person who is living with HIV with a wound (that is assumed to be healing), and the risk of receiving a blowjob from the same individual.

From the information given, this scenario is determined to be of Negligible Risk (There is no evidence or no documented cases of transmission. However, there is a theoretical possibility). This scenario is only determined to be of Negligible Risk due to the receptive oral sex that you had received. Touching the scab or wound of a person living with HIV when you do not have an open or actively bleeding wound is considered to be No Risk (HIV transmission is not possible in given scenario).

In this case, HIV transmission is theoretically possible if your partner had a high viral load and actively bleeding sores or cuts in their mouth. Although, this appears to be highly unlikely in the scenario you provided.

It is important to rememeber that those who are HIV positive and adequately medicated are able to acheive an undetectable viral load, essentially making HIV transmission not possible. For more information on this, you may consider reading more on the Undetectable = Untransmittable campaign, which explains this in more depth.

Recommendation: There is no evidence or no documented cases of transmission, please refer to your health care provider for more personalized answers.

All the best,

AIDS Vancouver Online/Helpline, Cody