Anonymous
Dear Expert

I have had a incident with a sex worker and we had no penetrative sex, she give me a handjob which is safe but during the process she touched the outside part of her private area and the continued the handjob until I come, she is on her period which means there could be period blood and vagina fluid on her hand, is the potential blood and vagina fluid pose a possibility to transmit hiv? I couldnt stop thinking this, do i need a test?

Thanks very much!

Regards

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Anonymous
Hello and thanks for reaching out to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

It seems you are concerned about HIV infection after receiving oral sex. We are glad to provide some information.

Receiving oral sex is regarded as a Negligible Risk activity. This means that although the activity involves the exchange of body fluids, there has never been a confirmed report of HIV infection from this activity. From the description you gave, the risk is negligible because when HIV is exposed to air it does not transmit. We do not recommend HIV testing on this exposure. However at Aids Vancouver we recommend that people use HIV testing as a regular health maintenance routine. This involves getting tested once or twice a year. Besides giving you peace of mind it will also provide a chance for early intervention if it is required. You can access the [CATIE website](http://librarypdf.catie.ca/PDF/P25/22303.pdf) for additional information on how to protect yourself.

The Aids Vancouver Helpline Online forum has postings that are related to your question that you can read for additional information. If you have any further questions feel free to contact us again.

Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

In health

Lawrence


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