Anonymous
Hi, I am generally worried sick about this situation I had about 2 days ago. Recently, I went to a strip club and received a lapdance from someone there. She also kissed my neck which had a scratch that was caused by an accident a week or so ago. When i checked in the morning, the wound is almost healed. However, I am afraid that blood could still have entered the wound, there was no openings in the morning. Should I be worried about this?
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Anonymous
Thank you for reaching out to AIDS Vancouver. It sounds like you're very distressed, so hopefully the following information can help you understand your situation better.

The activity you described would not pose a risk of acquiring HIV. Here's why:

1) HIV is a relatively weak virus that can only be transmitted when a bodily fluid containing HIV (blood, semen, pre-cum, rectal secretions, vaginal secretions, and breast milk) has direct access to your bloodstream because of some kind of activity.

2) A superficial scratch on your neck wouldn't provide the direct access to your bloodstream that HIV needs.

3) Not only does HIV stop being transmittable once it has been exposed to an open air environment, saliva contains an enzyme that helps protect us from HIV. If there had been blood in her mouth, it would have been exposure to saliva and the air in her mouth as she kissed you. This is another reason to think that you couldn't acquire HIV from the activity you described.

4) Saliva itself is not a bodily fluid that poses a risk of acquiring HIV. If you did not see any blood in her mouth or have any other reason to think her mouth was bleeding, it is very likely that you did not come into contact with any bodily fluid that's even capable of transmitting HIV.

5) So you are not at risk for HIV transmission from this activity.

I hope this helps provide some perspective on your situation. If you have further questions about HIV transmission, you can either explore our website further or call us for immediate assistance with general inquiries at 604-253-0566 Ext. 299

Yours in health,
Matt, AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
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