Anonymous
I was involved in oral sex with a girl and when i was licking her breasts there on the side of the breast there was a burn injury happened 3 4 days back .it was not bleeding but i am anxious the fluid or something from the wound could get into my mouth also i had a cut injury on my finger a day old not bleeding .Tell me if i was on the risk or not?I was not involved in any other activity.
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Anonymous
Hi there and thanks for using the AIDS Vancouver Helpline as a source for HIV/AIDS related information.

First of all, you stated that you were involved in "oral sex". If a condom was not used, and you were receiving there is no risk of HIV exposure, however, there is a much greater risk for other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI's). Giving oral sex is a low risk for HIV, meaning that there have been a few reports of HIV being transferred in this manner. Again, there is a much greater risk for STI's.

As far as the breast licking and the day-old cut on your finger, there is no HIV risk in either of these activities. Th reason being is that HIV is a very weak virus and dies once exposed to the air. Additionally, there is an enzyme in saliva that actually inhibits HIV transmission. For an HIV risk to exist, certain HIV+ fluids (i.e. semen, vaginal/anal fluids, blood) must come into direct contact with the blood stream of an HIV- individual.

Because of the exposure to HIV, we would encourage both of you to be tested for all STI's, including HIV, to make sure sure you your bodies and healthy and free of infections.
There is a window period for most all STI's and HIV, which varies from 4 weeks to 3 months, post-exposure.

I trust I have addressed your concerns however, should further information be required, feel free to contact us again.

Jonathan, AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
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