Anonymous
Hi, 

I recently gave a guy a hand job as I didnt know him well so I didn’t want to have sex. However, I’ve got very itchy eyes and after getting his cum on my hands I would of itched my eyes in my sleep (normally I’d wash my hands after but there was alcohol involved). What are the chance of catching HIV this way as I’m really worried now. I don’t know his sexual history.
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helpline-volunteer
Hi there,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from your question, you are asking about HIV transmission after giving a hand job and then possibly scratching your eyes with hands that might have had some ejaculate on them.

From the information given, this scenario is determined to be of No Risk (transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario)

Transmission is considered to be of No Risk for the following reasons:

The concentration of HIV present in fluid decreases rapidly after being exposed to air (1). Additionally, there was no High Risk activity (e.g. unprotected penetrative sex, sharing needles etc) which means there was also no direct access to the bloodstream. Although there was presence of a bodily fluid, the two other criteria in our Transmission Equation (see below) are not met which makes the scenario you describe No Risk HIV transmission.

Please refer to our HIV Transmission Equation below for more information:

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Recommendation: No need for HIV test with the scenario provided, refer to a healthcare professional for other health related questions.

(1) HIV & Oxygen Reference

Thank you
AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Shawn

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