Anonymous
Hey there.
Yesterday I went to a party and the following situation happened: I was in front of the bathroom doors waiting for my girlfriend to come out from the ladies room and I was grabbed on the arm by a guy that I know that has aids. He was really drugged or drunk so he started rubbing his face on my jacket because he wanted to clean the glitter he had on it. I was really confused why he was doing that but I really didn't react since I was drunk. After that he then touched one of the sides of my face with his hand (I shaved that same night, even though I didn't cut myself, and I have a bit of acne. Don't know if this are relevant points but oh well...)
Then I went to the men's bathroom to pee immediately right after this happened and I cleaned my face with water to clean it.
My main question is: is there anyway I can contract aids or HIV if any of the water got in my mouth when I cleaned it 3 minutes after he touched me there?
I also have to cuts on my ear lobe from some days ago on the side of the face he touched me but he really didn't touch near that place I think...
Sorry if this sounds like ridiculous and preconception questions. It really just got into my head and I need an answer so that I can stop thinking about it.
Thanks a lot
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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. This does not involve an activity involved in transfer, nor does it provide direct access to the bloodstream to any significant extent. Wounds that are involved in transfer are typically much larger than the types of cuts you're describing. For these reasons, this is a no risk situation.

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

Trevor

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

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