bykus10
hi first of all thanks for your help

my question about your question actually you always said frottage/rubbing is negligable risk but one of your supporter said that its high risk actually this the topic link

https://helpline.aidsvancouver.org/post/rubbing-genitals-10344987

and said evidence for this activity which answer is true answer is this activity negligeble risk or high risk please explain this  
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helpline-volunteer
Hi there,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the possibility of acquiring HIV through frottage/genital rubbing. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be Negligible Risk (there is no evidence or no documented cases of transmission, however, there is a theoretical possibility of transmission under certain extenuating circumstances).

From the HIV Transmission Equation (see below), HIV transmission requires a bodily fluid (e.g. blood) that has direct access to the bloodstream through an High/Low/Negligible activity. 

Generally speaking, HIV transmission is not possible from frottage/rubbing because there is no bodily fluid involved. However, a possibility of transmission does exist in circumstances where a bodily fluid is present. In the previous post that you referenced, the reason why a higher level of risk assessment was given was due to the fact that bodily fluid (i.e., semen) from one individual was present and there was a possible passageway into the bloodstream (i.e., vagina), which may have permitted an exchange of bodily fluids. As the previous Helpline volunteer had mentioned, it was difficult to give a conclusive answer to that question as it was an extenuating circumstance and it was not clear how 'deeply' the semen had entered the other individual's vagina.

Recommendation: There are no evidence or no documented cases of transmission. Refer to a healthcare professional for more personalized answers.

All the best,
AIDS Vancouver Online/Helpline,
Shirley

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