Anonymous
Someone recently ejaculated on my hand and I rubbed the seman on my penis. I was wondering if the person was HIV positive is there any risk of transmission through the penis opening?
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for using AIDS Vancouver as your source for HIV/AIDS related information.

The question you are asking includes too many variables to provide a precise answer, so the best way to know your status is to get tested.We are able to provide some general information about this activity.

In order for HIV transmission to occur, body fluids with high levels of HIV such as semen/pre-cum must have direct access into the blood stream of someone who is HIV negative. Examples of areas that have direct access to the blood stream are the penis urethra and other mucosal membranes. It is also important to note that HIV is a very fragile virus meaning that in a very short time of exposure to air the virus is destroyed and therefore unable to transmit to another person. Semen does have a high number of HIV in it, however, its' exposure to oxygen would rapidly breakdown the virus within seconds. The urethra and entry to the urethra are considered areas for acquiring HIV as they are mucosal membranes but if the semen was exposed to oxygen long enough it would no longer pose a threat for transmission.

We recommend you visit your healthcare practitioner for any further questions. More information on transmission can be found on our online forum at [AIDS Vancouver](http://www.aidsvancouver.org).

In health,

Johannah AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
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