Anonymous
So, 2 days ago I got a paper cut and then smashed my finger on the same hand. About 36 hours later I engaged in safe sex with HIV+ partner and occasionally jerked them off and touched their butt hole with both of those fingers (but did not insert), and at that point the smash finger had dry blood right underneath the skin at the top of the finger. Is it possible that I have been infected? Thank in advance for your answer.
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline. I am happy to answer your question.

You may be happy to learn that mutual masturbation that is non-insertive is not considered to carry a risk of HIV transmission. This is because of a few reasons. Firstly, the HIV virus actually dies when exposed to air, so any external fluids would not be a concern. Secondly, masturbation does not provide direct access for the virus to enter your bloodstream. I know you mentioned your cuts, but the ones you've described are not deep enough to provide access for the virus to enter your bloodstream. Superficial cuts (even if they are bleeding a bit) are not a concern. The cuts we usually talk about are ones that are bleeding profusely and require stitches or surgery.

I hope I have provided you with information that makes sense to you. If you need more clarification please feel free to post again or give us a call.

Sincerely,

Caroline

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online Volunteer

Monday-Friday 10am-4pm PST

604-253-0566 ext 299

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