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Lesbian sex and HIV Transmission

Question: 

Hi,

I would like to know what is the chance of getting HIV from "scissoring" with a woman? We did not use the protections and I am quite sure we both were sexually aroused.

Answer: 

Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about acquiring HIV from vulva to vulva rubbing. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be Negligible Risk (There are no evidence or no documented cases of transmission).

HIV transmission occurs when bodily fluid containing HIV has direct access to the bloodstream of an individual who is of HIV negative status through a high risk activity.

In this scenario the risk is deemed to be Negligible (1). This is because technically the HIV transmission equation is satisfied through the exchange of bodily fluids. Please note that there has been no documented cases of HIV acquisition through this activity. Case reports of female-to-female transmission of HIV are rare (2).

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

Regards,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Danielle