Anonymous
Good Day:

I hope you are doing well. I had an incident where I may have been exposed to blood (directly or via saliva) containing HIV via a handjob. My question is how long would the HIV virus survive in open air. Second would under clothing be considered open air. I ask because I put my pants and underwear back on within a minute of potentially being exposed to this fluid/blood briefly rubbed on my penis; I am not sure if under the clothes contains sufficient air to kill HIV. In such occurrence my concern is heightened by the probability that the blood reached my mucous membranes (uncircumcised and flaccid penis with foreskins) or the urethra. Might I add that out of fear my penis shriveled up to an abnormally small size.

I would greatly appreciate any insight you may be able to provide.

Thank you so much! I must say your teams assistance, wisdom, kindness and understanding is unfound.

With regards!
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline regarding HIV/AIDS related information.

HIV generally dies within seconds of being exposed to air. In terms of having your clothing on, it would probably have little affect on the exposure to HIV. Mutual masturbation is considered to have no risk.

I trust that I have addressed all of your concerns, should you need more assistance, feel free to contact us again.

In health,

Harman

AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer

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