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Can I get HIV from blood stain?

Question: 

Hello, Please I would like my question to be answered soon as I am so scared to death. I was with this new girl 2 weeks ago now. We had protected sex with my condom properly worn. The light was off, and after I removed the condom also properly, I jerked myself off to cum. I switched on the light and realized she had a tear, and I was stained with her blood on my groin. The stain has occured I removed the condom, which means I had masturbated with the blood. Please can I get infected wth hiv through this if she is positive, cos she didnt know her status. Please answer, I'm so scared to dealth right now..Thanks.

Answer: 

Hello and thank you for reaching out to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline!

It sounds like you have some concerns about a recent sexual encounter and your likelihood of acquiring HIV.

From what you have told me, you recently engaged in protected vaginal intercourse and was concerned about the presence of blood that stained your condom and groin area. First off, it is great that you used a condom! The use of protection heavily reduces the likelihood of acquiring HIV and STI's during sexual encounters.

For HIV transmission to be possible there needs to be a body fluid, an activity such as unprotected anal and vaginal intercourse and a direct access for the virus to enter the bloodstream. In this situation, there was no direct access for the virus to enter the bloodstream meaning you would be at a Negligible Risk for acquiring HIV. Furthermore, HIV is very fragile and once exposed to air it is immediately damaged to the point that it is no longer transmissible. Thus, the blood you were concerned with would not pose any concern unless the blood were to immediately come in contact with a large and deep cut.

While HIV can be quite scary, when it comes to HIV it is not the individual that puts one at risk of acquiring HIV, but it is the activity that does.

Below I have attached a copy of the HIV Transmission Equation Chart, which goes into further detail on the necessary factors that are required for HIV transmission to be possible.

HIV TRANSMISSION EQUATION

BODY FLUID
+
ACTIVITY
+
DIRECT ACCESS TO BLOODSTREAM
• blood (including menstrual) • unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse • vagina
• semen • sharing needles • anus
• pre-cum • mother to child (in specific cases) • urethra in the penis
• rectal secretions • open cuts and sores (in theory)
• vaginal fluids • other mucosal membranes
• breast milk • points of needle injection

= RISK OF HIV TRANSMISSION

For more information on HIV, you can visit HIV Basics.

Regards,

Chris, Helpline Volunteer

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

helpline.aidsvancouver.org