Anonymous
First, thank you for providing this great resource!
In short, fisted a guy with a glove, got some blood from his anus dripping (he knew about some issues there and was fine with it happening) and might have gotten some blood mixed with quite some lube (the really really thick one - mixed from powder - cant think of the name) on my penis.
Assuming the worst - blood gotten into penis - would HIV survive better or worse in lube and at how much risk would that put me?
Thank you
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Anonymous
Hi there,

Thank you for contacting the Helpline for HIV related information. We are happy to assist you.

First of all, your risk level overall is Low. Kissing and tongue licking are not a risk of HIV transmission. Sex with a condom is a low risk (when condoms fail it is usually due to them breaking or improper use).

In terms of your sore throat, this is not related to HIV. HIV infection does not cause any symptoms so soon after exposure. Some people get no symptoms at all, and those that do feel acute symptoms usually get them about 2-6 weeks after infection, not half an hour. However, these resemble flu-like symptoms which could be caused by many other things, so they cannot be used to diagnose HIV. The only way to know is through HIV testing.

In general, your risk level from protected sex is low so this is not something that we usually recommend immediate testing for. We do recommend sexually active individuals to get tested regularly regardless of risk level, so if you would like to get tested your results would be conclusive after 3 months from your last exposure (with the 4th generation test, conclusive results could be obtained earlier at 6 weeks)

First of all, HIV can no longer be transmitted once exposed to the air, and from what you've described it seems that the blood would have been exposed to the air before being in contact with your penis.

Second of all, HIV does not survive in water, so it is likely that it would not survive in any other type of liquid other than bodily fluids, such as lube.

From what you've described it does not seem to be any risk of transmission.

I hope we have answered your concerns. Feel free to contact us again if you have further questions.

Thanks


Sandra

AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
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