Anonymous
Hello there. I have been reading a number of posts on this website and I got slightly confused.
I had an encounter with a girl where we both had our underwear on and were basically rubbing against each other.

Would there be any risk of me (the male) acquiring HIV from this girl if she were HIV positive if
1.) Her vaginal fluids somehow made it through the two layers of underwear between us?

2.) My penis coming into contact with the opening of her vagina (both of us still have underwear on)

3.) 1 and 2 above combined?
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Anonymous
Hello!

Thanks for reaching out to AIDS Vancouver. I hope I can clear things up for you!

Here is a handy HIV transmission table which you can refer to:

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
Based on what you described you are not considered at risk of HIV exposure as none of these conditions have been met. First, even if some of your partner's vaginal fluids made it through the layers of underwear, the virus dies immediately when exposed to air. Also, from what I understand you did not engage in a high risk activity as you were both wearing clothing and there was no penetration. Lastly, it seems that at no point did the virus have direct access to the bloodstream.

Here is a great resource if you want to know more about safer sex practices: Don't hesitate to contact us again if you have any more questions!

Jeremy

AIDS Vancouver Hotline Volunteer
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