Anonymous
Hi There,

I had a massage at a parlour and the lady offered a handjob. She was fully clothed so definately no vaginal fluids. The only concern is if she had cuts on her hand could it lead to transmission? I was unders the impression that handjobs are "ABsolutely SAFE" "ZERO RISK" would cuts on her hand make it risky?

1) Do i need to test (I tested negative two weeks before this incident)
2) If handjobs are not a risk can you please explain in detail why they are not a risk?
3) If its not a risk can i continue having handjobs without any worry?

Regards,Worriedd GuY
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Anonymous
Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for your HIV/AIDS related health information. It seems you're concerned about the possibility of HIV transmitting during an encounter. We're happy to answer your question for you.

Masturbation is considered a no risk encounter, meaning HIV does not transmit this way. To get a better sense of what needs to occur for transmission to occur, check out our transmission equation:
BODY FLUID
+
ACTIVITY
+
DIRECT ACCESS TO BLOODSTREAM
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• blood (including menstrual) • unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse • vagina
• semen • sharing needles • anus
• pre-cum • mother to child (in specific cases) • urethra in the penis
• rectal secretions • open cuts and sores (in theory)
• vaginal fluids • other mucosal membranes
• breast milk • points of needle injection
You'll see that required for transfer are all of a fluid involved in transfer, an activity involved in transfer, and direct access to the bloodstream. This does not involve an activity involved in transfer, nor does it provide direct access to the bloodstream to any significant extent. For these reasons, this is a no risk situation. This is also the case if there, for some reason, were small cuts on her hands.

Thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline with your question, we hope it has been answered fully.

Trevor

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

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