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hiv bare hands piercing

Question: 

Hi... yesterday I had a non sexual activity which is making me worry about hiv. I went to have my scrotum pierced with a friend helping me. He pierced my scrotum with sterile equipment, but before it he rubbed my balls with bare hands and didn't swab them after. I asked him if before it he was masturbating and he said no, but what if he lied? I think.. what if he was jerking and then touched my testicles with bare hands and then he pierced my scotum... could this lead hiv to my bloodstream?

Answer: 

Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for you HIV/AIDS related health information.

It sounds like you are concerned about your risk of HIV transmission.

The situation that you have described is a No Risk situation. Here are some of the reasons why:

  • HIV is a Human-to-Human virus. It cannot be transmitted to you by an object or by causal touch, such as the piercer rubbing your scrotum with his hands..

  • HIV needs a human host to survive. Once HIV is outside of the body and exposed to oxygen it can no longer transmit. Any bodily fluids that were on his hands were outside of the body, exposed to oxygen and was therefore unable to transmit HIV to you.

  • HIV needs direct access to your bloodstream in order to transmit. There was no direct access to your bloodstream. Superficial cuts, such as the small needle wound in you scrotum, simply do not provide the conditions necessary for transmission to occur. For superficial cuts to potential provide direct access to the bloodstream, they would have to be actively bleeding and in need of stitches or surgery to repair. From what I understand, this was not the case in your situation.

I would encourage you to check out the following resources about HIV:

Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

Hilary

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

helpline.aidsvancouver.org