Anonymous
A while back I had a boyfriend who would ask me to lick his feet during sex.  After having sex in his dorm room once I noticed that the flip flops he used to visit the communal bathrooms of the dorms were damaged and as such it's very likely that his foot came in contact with the communal bathroom's floor.
My question is: is it possible to that I have contracted HIV by licking his feet (I expect that there were remnants of urine or feces or whatever on the bathroom floor, of varying freshness perhaps)?
Thank you in advance
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helpline-volunteer
Hi there,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the possibility of HIV transmission in the event that you had licked the bottom of your partner's feet after they have come into contact with a public restroom floor. 

From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No Risk (transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario). In order for HIV transmission to occur, three requirements must be met. According to our HIV Transmission Equation (see below), the transmission of HIV can only occur if the following circumstances are met: there must be a presence of HIV positive fluid (semen, pre-cum, vaginal fluid, blood, rectal fluid, breast milk), with direct access to the bloodstream, through a High, Low, or Negligible Risk activity. 

In the scenario, you have described above, there is absolutely No Risk for HIV transmission to occur. None of the transmission equation requirements have been fulfilled. 

Recommendation: No need for HIV screening with the scenario above. Please refer to your health care provider for other health-related questions. 

All the best,

AIDS Vancouver Online/Helpline, Cody


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