Anonymous
Received a lap dance from a stripper that lasted for 10 minutes. She rubbed my face between her breasts and I touched her breasts (no nipple touching). No kissing, no licking, and no other sexual activities. I was fully dressed and she had her bra and panty on. Question - I shaved my face the day before the event so I might have minor cuts or pimples on my face. Will this skin-to-skin encounter (my face against her breasts) cause HIV infection? Very worry now.
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline. I will be glad to answer your questions about the risk of acquiring HIV.

Activities such as skin to skin contact, handshake, hugs, casual contact or even kissing are no risk for acquiring HIV. For HIV transmission, specific bodily fluids of a person living with HIV must directly access your bloodstream.

To give you a better idea, I will include the "transmission equation", which shows the bodily fluids that contain HIV, the routes of transmission, and the activities that can pose a risk for transmission. Using this chart you will be able to deduce if a situation creates a risk for acquiring HIV.

HIV TRANSMISSION EQUATION


BODY FLUID
+
ACTIVITY
+
DIRECT ACCESS TO BLOODSTREAM
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• 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


All the best,

Ali

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