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What is the risk?

Question: 

Hi, I had an encounter with a women yesterday who has HIV and was wondering if there was any risk of HIV transfer. No intercourse occurred but I did use baby oil and touched her vagina for a few minutes, I didn't put my fingers all the way in, just touched the top of the skin on the clitoral hood. I then straight away touched my penis on the top of the foreskin for less than 5 seconds, I may also have touched the head of penis in the process for a split second. Is it possible HIV could have been transferred this way? Also would the use of baby oil have increased my chances of a risk?

Answer: 

Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for you HIV/AIDS related health information.

It sounds like you are concerned about your risk of HIV transmission after you fingered a woman who is HIV positive and then touched your penis.

Fingering is considered a Negligible Risk activity. This means that it can present a potential for HIV transmission because it can involve the exchange of body fluids. However, there has never been a confirmed report. Why?

  • HIV is a Human-to-Human virus. It cannot be transmitted to you by baby oil.

  • HIV needs a human host to survive. Once HIV is outside of the body and exposed to oxygen it can no longer transmit. Any bodily fluids in the baby oil or on your hands were outside of the body, exposed to oxygen and thus could not transmit HIV to you when you touched your penis.

  • HIV needs direct access to your bloodstream in order to transmit. There was no direct access to your bloodstream.

I would encourage you to check out the following resources about HIV:

Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

Hilary

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

helpline.aidsvancouver.org