Anonymous
Dear Mr, Ms,
One week ago, I had some sexual activities with a sex worker in Germany. We didn't had sex. She gave me a protected oral sex with a condom and I rubbed her vagina with my hand. While rubbing, the gel dried out and her vagina too, so I licked my hand one time with my tongue to make the rubbing easier. I have no idea if my hand catched vaginal fluid but I still remember that it was dry. My question:
is there a risk of HIV transmission in this case?
I checked my mouth and I had no bleeding gums or sores, but I checked my tongue and and the very end of it there are Candida albicans (white things) which I don't know if they are normal or not or they give a route for the virus.
Thanks for your efforts!
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Anonymous
Hi there,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question you were asking about the possibility of HIV transmission from licking vaginal fluid off your hand.

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

This scenario is considered No Risk because although vaginal fluid is considered a carrier of HIV, the combination of environmental exposure and saliva, in this case, greatly reduce the possibility of HIV transmission. Saliva is not considered to be an avenue for HIV transmission and also carries enzymes that render HIV inactive quickly.
Further, as you had mentioned there was no active bleeding or sores in your mouth, which would provide the virus with a direct access to the bloodstream. If there had been HIV positive fluid in your mouth, this would be of concern. However, the scenario you provided appears to be free of risk.

Recommendation: No need for HIV screening with the scenario provided, please refer to a physician for other health related questions.

All the best,

AIDS Vancouver Online/Helpline, Cody


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