I visited an escort recently and simply watched her touch herself while I masturbated. I ejaculated on her breasts but did not touch her.

When I arrived in the room I placed the envelope with the money on a small leather seat that probably had been used to have sex on as the room was very small and aside from the bed, there was just this piece of furniture. I noticed my hand touched the seat and I have small cuts on my hands because I wash them a lot and I have exczema as well.

If there had been semen or vaginal fluid or even blood from either the escort or a previous client on the seat, could I have caught hiv through a cut on my hand? Also, I started masturbating pretty much straight away so could the virus have gone from my hand to my penis and inside my urethra?

About an hour later, my daughter was in my car and when I stopped to buy gas, she climbed into the front seat and up onto the dashboard, and rested her legs on the steering wheel. I saw that her ankle was bleeding and worried that seeing that I had been holding the steering wheel, maybe the virus could have gone in her cut on her ankle. I did not have the chance to wash my hands after leaving the escort, so if the virus was on my hands, it would have been on the steering wheel.

I'm really worried and I wash my hands all the time now and so often have small cuts and worry when I touch things in the house and then my family touches them straight after or they touch my hands.

Thanks for your advice.
Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for your HIV/AIDS related health information. It sounds like you are concerned about your risk of HIV transmission after having touched some furniture that could have contained bodily fluids and then masturbated yourself.

The situation that you have described is a No Risk situation. This means that to our knowledge, none of the practices in this category have ever been demonstrated to lead to HIV infection. Why?

* HIV needs a human host to survive. Once HIV is outside of the human body (on furniture, your hand or steering wheel) and exposed to oxygen, it can no longer transmit.

* HIV is a human-to-human virus. HIV cannot be given to you by an object. For example, a steering wheel, or a chair.

* HIV needs direct access to the bloodstream. The superficial cuts on your hands are not deep enough to provide access to the bloodstream. The cuts would have to be actively bleeding and in need of stitches to potentially provide access to the bloodstream. From my understanding of the situation, this was not so.

I would encourage you to check out the following resources for more information about HIV:

  • Smart Sex Resource

  • Risk Assessment Chart

  • The Body

  • Thanks again for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.


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