Anonymous
Hello.

I suffer from an immense paranoia and have a large fear of HIV as well.

Recently, I was masturbating and wasn't really looking at it while I finished. I know there's no way to get HIV from masturbating, but a little while after I finished, I was wondering "what if someone dripped fluids with HIV onto my penis while I was masturbating?"

It sounds very ridiculous, but I was wondering if fluids being dripped onto it could ensue any risk?

I'm aware that it dies in oxygen, but the urethra is still a point of entry if I recall.

Would the HIV die in the time it takes for the fluid to drop onto it?

Thank you for answering my question.
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Anonymous
Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for your HIV/AIDS related health information. It seems you're concerned about the possibility of HIV transmitting during a specific situation. We'd be happy to answer your question for you.

This is a no risk situation. While we'll answer your question, we encourage you to question how someone could possibly drip something onto your penis while masturbating. We don't think anyone would ever do this, and we think you would likely notice something if this actually happened. Consider that once the virus leaves the body in a fluid, it is rendered intransmissible (as you say). If it is not transmissible it can't transmit to you after coming into contact with your urethra. Also take a look at the transmission equation:
HIV TRANSMISSION EQUATION


BODY FLUID
+
ACTIVITY
+
DIRECT ACCESS TO BLOODSTREAM
---------- -------- ----------------------------
• 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
You'll see that required for transfer are all of a fluid known to be involved in transfer, an activity involved in transfer, and direct access to the bloodstream. A fluid simply dripping on your urethra is not an activity known to be involved in transfer.

Thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline with your question, we hope it has been answered fully.

Trevor

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

helpline.aidsvancouver.org

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