Anonymous
am a heterosexual male and I have purchased a prostate vibrator from a sex store in center city and used it after 20 minutes of opening the packaging without washing it at all but just used a latex condom to cover it . The packaging was not consistent ( only a plastic unsealed cover ) plus it can be easily repackaged again so I doubt it might have been used before repackaging and reselling it . Also since I had no experience so the insertion of the object in anus was aggressive though of water based lube and though the condom did not break I have heard this kind of aggression cause minor tears in condom and anal line.
Searching over the internet is confusing to know whether this was a no risk , negligible risk or the same as anal receptive risk for hiv
I am confused whether I should test or I didn’t put myself in a risk to begin with since the item was still bought from a store and thus not shared immediately in case it was a used item
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helpline-volunteer
Hi there,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question. you are asking about possibility of HIV transmission after using a prostate vibrator. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No Risk

In order for transmission to occur, a number of requirements must be met (see below). 

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HIV transmission requires the presence of HIV positive fluid (such as semen, vaginal fluid, pre-cum, rectal fluid, breastmilk, etc.), coupled with a High, Low, or Negligible Risk activity, that provides the virus with direct access to the bloodstream.

The activity you described is of No Risk because there was no HIV positive fluid present. In the case that the vibrator was previously owned and came in contact with HIV positive fluid, the exposure to oxygen would render the virus inactive, as "HIV does not survive long outside the human body (such as on surfaces), and it cannot reproduce outside a human host" (1). 

Recommendation: No need for HIV testing with the scenario provided, refer to a healthcare professional for other health related questions.

Regards,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Ashley 

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