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Dear Sir/Madam,

I am just writing to seek clarification if I am at risk of HIV acquisition on an incident in a bathhouse.

A guy approached me then started sucking my left nipple then all of a sudden he grabbed my penis and rub the head. Immediately, I exited the room and went directly to the shower. No other activities were done. Am I at risk for HIV? Thank you very much for your response.



Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the risk of acquisition of HIV by grabbing and rubbing the head of the penis with hands. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No Risk. Transmission of HIV is not possible with the given scenario. (No exchange of bodily fluids)

In order to contract HIV the following conditions must be met: There must be HIV present in a bodily fluid. The five bodily fluids that carry the HIV virus include: blood, semen (including pre-ejaculate), vaginal fluids, breast milk, and rectal secretions. The bodily fluid containing HIV must have direct access to the bloodstream. This can be through cuts, tears, rips, mucous membranes, open sores, or needles. Transmission occurs through a risky activity in which the first two conditions are met. For example: condom less sex, sharing needles, unsafe tattoos or piercings, vertical transmission–from mother to child (in utero, during delivery, breastfeeding).

Sucking on the nipple and rubbing the penis without the presence of fluids (semen and pre-ejaculate) and with no direct access to the bloodstream of these fluids is considered No risk for HIV transmission.

Recommendation: No need for HIV test with the scenario provided, refer to a physician for other health related questions.

Regards, AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, (Vardah)