Anonymous
Hi, I'm a male and got in contact with a woman via internet. We met at her place and I gave her a massage. We had some foreplay and my penis touched her vagina. It didn't go inside but there was contact. Should I worry about HIV infection. We are 6 weeks later and had some difficulties to sleep (maybe stress), I had 1 night that I was sweating (maybe possible also because it was the 1st warm day and still sheets for the winter on the bed and the heather on) and 1 day that I had a very dry mouth. 5 days later I had a dry mout again. I'm very scared.
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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.

This is a no risk situation. To understand why, check out our transmission equation:
HIV TRANSMISSION EQUATION


BODY FLUID
+
ACTIVITY
+
DIRECT ACCESS TO BLOODSTREAM
---------- -------- ----------------------------
• 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. Simply touching her vagina with your penis is not an activity involved in transfer, nor does it provide direct access to the bloodstream. This is why this is a no risk situation.

As for the symptoms you are experiencing, we at AIDS Vancouver are not healthcare providers, so cannot comment on them. However, HIV infections are never diagnosed based on symptoms alone, simply because the symptoms of an HIV infection are quite common to many other common medical conditions. Testing is the only way to diagnose an HIV infection. If you're concerned about any symptoms you're experiencing, we'd encourage you to see a healthcare provider.

Have you ever had an HIV test? We at AIDS Vancouver recommend regular HIV testing for all sexually active individuals. So if you've never been for a test, we'd recommend you go.

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

Trevor

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

helpline.aidsvancouver.org
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