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Touching a vibrator

Question: 

Hi, so I work in the airline industry and it was brought to my attention that a bag was vibrating, I have to open it for security reasons, and what was vibrating was a vibrator and I had to turn it off, now, I was wearing gloves, but when I took my gloves off, and touched my gloves with bear hands, made me wonder what if the had std or hiv. I went along continuing working forgetting to wash up, I probably touched my face with my bear hands..
Is there any need to worry?

Answer: 

Hello and thanks for contacting Aids Vancouver with your question.

It sounds like have some concerns about the likelihood of acquiring HIV.

From what you have told me, due to security reasons you had to touch a vibrator while wearing gloves, but when you removed the gloves you touched your gloves with your bare hands and are concerned about the chances of acquiring HIV. It is important to note that HIV is a very fragile virus and requires a host to both thrive and survive. With this taken into account, once exposed to air HIV begins to breakdown immediately to the point where it is no longer transmissible.

In order for an individual to be at risk of acquiring HIV, a number of factors are required to be met. These factors are a body fluid, an activity such as unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse and a direct access for the virus to enter the bloodstream. The act of touching potential residue from your glove would be a No Risk activity as there has never been a case that has demonstrated this action leading to HIV.

Below I have attached an HIV Transmission Equation chart, which goes into further detail on the necessary factors that are required for there to be a risk of HIV.

HIV TRANSMISSION EQUATION

BODY FLUID
+
ACTIVITY
+
DIRECT ACCESS TO BLOODSTREAM
• blood (including menstrual) • unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse • vagina
• semen • sharing needles • anus
• pre-cum • mother to child (in specific cases) • urethra in the penis
• rectal secretions • open cuts and sores (in theory)
• vaginal fluids • other mucosal membranes
• breast milk • points of needle injection

= RISK OF HIV TRANSMISSION

Unfortunately, here at AIDS Vancouver we receive both knowledge and training on HIV and AIDS. In regard to your possibility of having a Sexually Transmitted Infection from this particular scenario it might be helpful for you to partner with your personal doctor.

For more information on HIV you can visit HIV and AIDS Basics.

Regards,

Chris, Volunteer

AIDS Vancouver Online Helpline
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