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Whats the risk? Are results accurate?

Question: 

I had an encounter where I was drunk and a girl touched me down there. I am not sure if she had any bodily fluids on her hands when she did. If she had a bodily fluid on her hand when she touched me, how risky would that be considering the fact that she stayed mostly around my vulva (maybe around the vaginal opening a little bit but definitely not inside)? I took an Oraquick home test 9 weeks afterwards and followed the instructions carefully and got a negative result. How accurate is that result? I think I may be a little paranoid, but I'm really freaking out.

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 your vulva was touched, as well as the reliability of the OraQuick test.

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.

Here are some of the reasons why:

  • HIV needs a human host to survive. Once HIV is outside of the body and exposed to oxygen it can no longer transmit. This means that any bodily fluids on the hand would have been outside of the body, exposed to oxygen and unable to transmit HIV to you.

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

The OraQuick test is 99.3% accurate. This is very good!

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