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HIV risk from love bite


Dear HIV Helpline,

Last week, I went for a massage at an erotic massage parlour and gave the masseuse a love bite. I am not sure if I bit her hard enough for her to bleed (I did not see blood but it was dimly lit), and I had a small ulcer (not bleeding) on my inner lower lip.

Aside from that, I very momentarily lightly kissed her lip to lip and she ended the session with an unprotected hand job.

Given this scenario, am I at risk of contracting HIV IF the masseuse is positive? Thank you so much and I really hope to hear from you.



Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about biting another person possibly taking blood into the mouth and an unprotected hand job. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be Negligible Risk (There are no evidence or no documented cases of transmission).

HIV transmission can occur when the bodily fluid of an individual who is HIV positive has direct access to the bloodstream an of individual who is HIV negative through a high risk activity.

In this scenario, transmission is negligible as you are unaware if you bit hard enough to draw blood. The main concern for transmission would be taking blood into the mouth. It would require an aggressive bite in order to draw blood from the individual. An unprotected hand job would be considered no risk as transmission of bodily fluid is not possible in the scenario you described.

Recommendation: There are no evidence or no documented cases of transmission refer to Physician for more personalized answers.


AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Danielle