Anonymous
An exotic dancer gave me a handjob using her own saliva as a lubricant. I'm concerned about contracting STIs from this exposure. When and for what should I be tested for and how should I proceed having sex with my wife.
 
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for using the AIDS Vancouver helpline as your source of HIV related information.
Firstly, HIV does not discriminate based on characteristics of an individual (age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, occupation, etc). It is the activity you have (unprotected anal/vaginal sex, sharing needles) that pose a possibility for acquiring HIV.
Secondly, for the HIV acquisition to take place, 3 things have to be present:1) HIV+ bodily fluids (blood, pre-cum, semen, vaginal fluids, rectal secretions, breast milk) AND2) Activity (unprotected anal sex, unprotected vaginal sex, sharing needles, mother-to-child) AND3) Direct access to enter the bloodstream (through: vaginal, anus, urethra in the penis, points of needle injection)
Receiving handjob does not have #2 and #3. In addition to that, saliva is not the bodily fluids that can pass the virus; there is an enzyme in saliva that actually inhibit the virus from entering your bloodstream.
Being said, there is no need for you to be tested for all sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV from the activity you had. However, for your peace of mind, you may wish to do so.
Hopefully you find the information helpful.If you have further questions, please feel free to write us back.
Stay healthy and keep smiling,YoshikoAIDS Vancouver Helpline VolunteerE-mail: helpline@aidsvancouver.orgPhone (Mon-Fri 9-4pm): (604) 696-4666Web: http://www.aidsvancouver.org/helpline
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