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Hi, I was with a guy who masturbated (by himself) and he wiped off some of the cum with a towel. We then hopped into a large bath with room temperature water. Afterwards I hopped out and dried myself with the towel (because our towels were both the same I can't remember if it was his towel or my own I used). Later I noticed I had a finger nail scratch across my chest (about 4 - 5 cm long) which was a bit red and sore with a tiny amount of blood. I am concerned as to whether I would be at risk of HIV transmission from the water in the bath (due to the cum he still had on his body) or from the towel I used to dry myself (assuming it was his I used). Am I at risk and should I get tested? Thanks in advance for your answer and thank you for the wonderful service you provide to the community.
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Anonymous
Hi there,
Thanks for contacting the AIDS Vancouver helpline with such a great question!

I understand you're concerned about whether the scratch on your chest put you at risk for acquiring HIV, hopefully this answer will be able to help you.

First of all, to address the water in the bath and your cut, this would be considered No Risk. This is because the cut on your chest would have to be very serious and provide access to the bloodstream in order to be at risk for contracting HIV. To put this into perspective, your cut would have to require medical attention such as stitches to provide access to the blood stream, and since yours was just a scratch, this is not applicable.

Second of all, to address the question about whether or not the towel you used to dry yourself was a risk factor, that would be considered No Risk. This is because once HIV cannot survive exposure to air, so there wouldn't be a risk associated with using a towel like that.

In regard to getting tested, here at AIDS Vancouver we recommend that anyone who is sexually active make HIV testing a part of taking care of their health. However, for this particular activity, testing is not necessarily needed.

Feel free to visit our website at [aidsvancouver.org](aidsvancouver.org) to see our transmission equation that may help you figure out whether other activities are considering a risk or not. Additionally, if you have any other concerns about testing, team up with your health care practitioner!

Finally,[ smartsexresource.com ](smartsexresource.com ) is a great resource for all things safe-sex related, STIs, testing, etc. Feel free to check that out as well.

I hope this helped answer your question!!

Sincerely,
Christina

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