Anonymous
I masturbated after coming from a very dirty gym with touching other people's sweat and the equipments can I get infected? I didn't clean my hands either
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Anonymous
Hi there and thank you for reaching out to AIDS Vancouver with your questions! We're happy to help.

The situation that you describe is No Risk for HIV transmission. Hand jobs, or masturbation in that mechanism are considered to be non-insertive masturbation. This means there are no exchange of bodily fluids (directly) and so there is no risk for HIV transmission. Additionally, sweat is not a bodily fluid that transmits HIV, so there is no risk of HIV transmission regardless.

Here is a transmission equation that may help you to understand the 3 components that are necessary for HIV infection. All 3 components are necessary for HIV transmission to even be possible:

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
Also, please refer to avert.org for more information about HIV transmission and prevention.

I hope this helped!

Sincerely,

Christina

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