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Question: 

Dear volunteers,
75 days ago, I met a ladyboy at a guesthouse. First, I pressed her breasts and nipples and I also sucked and licked her breasts and nipples. Second, I kissed her abdomen. Third, I rubbed my bare penis against her breasts and nipples. Last, I had rubbed my penis against her penis for 10 minutes ( note: while I was rubbing my penis against her penis, I was wearing my shorts and my underpants and she was wearing her panties only), and I noted that during this rubbing, her penis was not erect and I did not see any fluids on my shorts. And, she and I did not ejaculate .
Based on my activities, I would like to ask you several questions:

1 Can I be infected with HIV from my pressing her breasts and nipples and my sucking and licking her breasts and nipples?
2 Can I be infected with HIV from my kissing her abdomen?
3 Can I be infected with HIV from my rubbing my bare penis against her breasts and nipples because my penis's tip touched her breasts and nipples?
4 Can I be infected with HIV from my rubbing my penis against her penis, which is mentioned in the last activity? One more thing, if she leaked her pre-cum and/or semen on my shorts that I could not see, can I be infected with HIV because after this encounter I still wore my shorts to sleep for one night without my underpants?
  
Please answer my questions soon because I am really worried about this so much, and thank you for your helps.

Answer: 

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

It sounds like you are concerned about the likelihood of acquiring HIV from the described scenario.

  1. When it comes to HIV it is important to remember that Human Immunodeficiency Virus or HIV requires a human host to both thrive and survive. The HIV virus is extremely fragile and when it is exposed to air it is immediately damaged to the point that it is no longer transmissible. Furthermore, for HIV transmission to be possible there needs to be a body fluid, an activity such as unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse and a direct access for the virus to enter the bloodstream. The initial act of pressing your partner's breasts and nipples and licking her breasts and nipples would be distinguished as a No Risk activity. This is due to there being no access for the fluids to enter the bloodstream and saliva contains enzymes that also make HIV non-transmissible.

  2. As the following activity does not meet the requirements for HIV transmission you would be at No Risk of acquiring HIV from that act.

  3. While there may be body fluids present in this sexual act, the fluids would be exposed to air making HIV non-transmissible. Thus, when rubbing your bare penis against her breasts and nipples would be a No Risk activity.

  4. The last activity that you have described would be distinguished as a Negligible Risk as while there is a potential for HIV transmission, there has never been a documented report of one acquiring HIV in that manner. If your partner was to leak precum/semen on your shorts you would be at No Risk of acquiring HIV as the HIV has been exposed to air, there is no direct access for HIV to enter the bloodstream before exposed to air and one cannot acquire HIV from an inanimate object.

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 it may be beneficial for you to visit HIV and AIDS Basics.

Regards,

Chris, Volunteer