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I had sexual encounter with someone some days ago. There was no penetration and we both had our boxers on. Although he rubbed his private part around my anal area ( Our boxers were still on) Although some days ago I had anal fissure. However during the sexual encounter there was no pain or bleeding from the anal fissure. My question is
1) Is it possible for HIV to be transmitted through boxers during sexual activity that does not involve penetration
2) Since the anal fissure was not bleeding at that time, does it imply the cut had closed ?
3) what are my risks and chances of getting the virus ?
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Anonymous
Hi there, thanks for contacting the AIDS Vancouver helpline with your HIV related questions and concerns. We're happy to help!

I will address your questions one by one below:

1) No, it's not possible for HIV to be transmitted through articles of clothing. Additionally, the most common way of transmitting HIV involves penetration, and without penetration, risks are very low.

2) I am not a doctor so I'm not certain of the correct terminology, but likely yes. Regardless, if it wasn't gushing blood at the time to the point that it would need medical attention such as stitches, then it's not a risk for HIV transmission. Wounds must be that severe to provide direct access to the bloodstream.

3) There is No Risk for HIV transmission in this situation, because clothes remained on, and there was no penetration.

Here is a transmission equation that lays it out very clearly:


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
I hope this helped! For more great information visit smartsexresource.com or avert.org!

Sincerely,

Christina


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