Anonymous
Hi, I received a handjob from a sex worker, she put some oil on my penis -- could this oil have been mixed with her blood and then put on my penis/urethra? In a way to pass the HIV virus to me?
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helpline-volunteer

Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the risk of transmission of HIV from receiving a hand job. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No Risk (Transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario)

In order to acquire HIV the following conditions must be met:

There must be HIV present in a bodily fluid. The five bodily fluids that carry the HIV virus include: blood, semen (including pre-ejaculate), vaginal fluids, breast milk, and rectal secretions. The bodily fluid containing HIV must have direct access to the bloodstream. This can be through cuts, tears, rips, mucous membranes, open sores, or needles. Transmission occurs through a risky activity in which the first two conditions are met. For example: condom less sex, sharing needles, unsafe tattoos or piercings, vertical transmission–from mother to child (in utero, during delivery, breastfeeding).

Receiving hand job is considered a No risk activity as it does not involve the exchange of bodily fluids. Quote from CDC states: "HIV does not survive long outside the human body (such as on surfaces), and it cannot reproduce outside a human host. Therefore, oil does not serve as a reservoir for HIV transmission.

Recommendation: No need for HIV test with the scenario provided, refer to a healthcare professional for other health related questions.

Regards,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, (Vardah)

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