Anonymous
I have had safe sex with a commercial sex worker 2 months ago. I used condom but I sucked her breast and licked her body (not vagina).can this cause HIV because lately i feel a bit tired.last year i was good in sports but now i get exhausted bit soon. Also is it possible to contract HIV by licking itself. please help me ..i m very scared now ....i feel depressed all the time.currently i m 20 years boy.
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Anonymous
Hi there and thank you for using the AIDS Vancouver Helpline forum,

It seems like you are concerned about your health after having safe sex with a commercial sex worker. You have a good question about the transmission of HIV.

Licking the breast or body is a no risk activity. In order for there to be transmission of HIV, there needs to be an exchange of body fluids. You can take a look at the HIV transmission equation that shows what body fluids, activities, and areas are involved in transmission of HIV.
Also, if the condom was intact and used adequately during your experience, like licking, there would be no risk of HIV involved.


BODY FLUID
+
ACTIVITY
+
DIRECT ACCESS TO BLOODSTREAM
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• 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

Also the best way to know if you have acquired HIV is to get tested. HIV symptoms tend to mirror other viral infections, like the flu. So it is best not to go by symptoms of HIV. Even though from this exposure it does not sound like a HIV test is required, we encourage anyone who is sexually active to get tested for HIV.


I hope I was able to answer your question and help bring some comfort to you.
If you live in the BC area and have further questions about HIV, you can give our helpline a call. Also, feel free to visit our website for more information about HIV transmission and tests.

Jasmine (Volunteer)

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

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