Anonymous
I'm not sexually active, I had a handjob early last year and I'm now scared that I might have caught HIV. It was dark so I didn't see the persons hand or arms, but I know they were not bleeding. I didn't get any of their cum on me, or if any a minuscule amount or pre-cum. I don't think I had any cuts, but if I did they were not bleeding. Could I have HIV? I'm really scared! I just recently started feeling tired and having on and off dull/achey headaches. But this could be due to my anxiety about it. Thanks in advance!
 
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Anonymous
Hello there and thank you for using the AIDS Vancouver Helpline as a source of HIV related information.
For the HIV acquisition to take place, 3 things have to be present:1) HIV+ bodily fluids (blood, pre-cum, semen, vaginal fluids, rectal secretions, breast milk) AND2) Activity (unprotected anal sex, unprotected vaginal sex, sharing needles, mother-to-child) AND3) Direct access to enter the bloodstream (through: vaginal, anus, urethra in the penis, points of needle injection)
There are no #2 and #3 during handjob.
Feeling fatigue and having headache are not symptoms of HIV. In fact, there are no clinically defined symptoms of HIV; thus, testing is the only way to know one's HIV status.
As there is absolutely no possibility of HIV acquisition from the activity you had, testing is not necessary. However, we encourage all sexually active people to be tested for all sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV, regularly to know your sexual health. It may be every 3-4 months, bi-annually or annually, depending on an individual.
Hopefully you find the information helpful.If you have any other questions/concerns, please feel free to write us back.
Stay healthy and keep smiling,YoshikoAIDS Vancouver Helpline VolunteerE-mail: helpline@aidsvancouver.orgPhone (Mon-Fri 9-4pm): (604) 696-4666Web: http://www.aidsvancouver.org/helpline
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