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mutual masturbation penis cut

Question: 

hi,
I have sexual contact with a lady about 5 weeks ago. We did not have intercourse. Instead, we only did mutual masturbation. first I finger her then I went to restroom to wash my hand with soap. When I come back to the room, she grab my penis for maybe a few seconds. Then I decide to masturbate myself so I went to restroom to wash my hand again with soap just to make sure my hand is clean. A day later (more then 24 hours) when i went home, i found a little pimple thing with the same skin color on my penis. Then two hours later, i don't see the pimple anymore but i see a cut with a drop of blood coming out. (my major concern is - what if I already have the cut during the exposure) Five weeks later, the similar pimple come back on a different area of my penis, I suspect that may be a genital herpes. and I had some maybe rash on the face the past week and diarrhea the last couple of days. so what is my risk for HIV? I really appreciate your advise. thank you.

Answer: 

Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you are asking about the possibility of acquiring HIV through mutual masturbation, with some potential exchange of bodily fluids through fingering/a small sore on the penis. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be low risk (evidence of transmission occurs through these activities when certain conditions are met) because there is the potential for an exchange of bodily fluids.This scenario potentially fulfils two out of the three parts of the transmission equation (see link below), in that there is a potential exchange of bodily fluids in a risky activity. Please keep in mind, however, that mutual masturbation alone is considered a no risk activity, and fingering is a negligible risk (there have never been any documented cases of transmission). The low risk aspect is if there was some exchange of bodily fluids through the sore on the penis.

We would recommend speaking to your physician about your options, and potentially seeking an HIV test if this is deemed appropriate. Also, perhaps consider asking about PrEP (pre-exposure prophylactics) for use in the future.

Thank you, and have a good day!

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Sara