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Question: 

hi, my gf and i got tested for chlamydia and other stds, and we came out positive for chlamydia, and negative for every other std (HIV, herpes, etc).

We got treated for chlamydia and couple days later we boh came back negative for chlamydia. couple days later, she gave me a hand job that led to me getting a scab on my shaft. the next day we had unprotected sex and noticed the scab fell off and very minor cut where the scab used to be. we had unprotected sex about 4 times when my scab fell off and noticed that she was on her period for the last sexual encounter (blood while having sex on my penis from her period). We always wash up after having sex.

MY question is, is it possible to get some type of STD or HIV due to the fact i had a small cut on my penis while she was on her period while we had sex? we both tested negative for all std's including HIV, herpes, syphillis etc. We tested positive for chlamydia, but got treated and then we had sex when tests came back negative. What is my risk for HIV? or any other STD?

Answer: 

Hi there, thanks for contacting the AIDS Vancouver helpline with your HIV related questions. We're happy to help.

Congratulations on all your negative test results! It's great that you and your girlfriend took the initiative to go and get tested. That's the best way to stay on top of your sexual health, so good job.

The cut you described on your penis would not be sufficient to provide direct access to the bloodstream. In order for a cut to do this, in needs to be severe, such as one that's gushing blood or requires medical attention such as stitches. HIV needs direct access to the bloodstream to establish an infection, either through a severe wound like I described, or through mucous membranes such as the ones in the vagina, anus, and urethra of the penis.

It's important to note that if you were going to be at risk for HIV or STI's it would be through the unprotected sex action, not necessarily the little cut on your penis. That being said, if you both tested negative for HIV and the other STDs, there's no risk of transmission between you two (assuming neither of you have other sexual partners). HIV and STDs cannot just be transmitted through the air, they need to be transmitted by direct contact from someone who's positive. so if you both tested negative, there's no risk involved.

I hope this helped to clarify things for you! For more information about transmission, please visit http://www.avert.org/hiv-transmission-prevention. For more information about having safe sex, please visit smartsexresource.com

Sincerely,

Christina

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