Anonymous
Dear Sir or Madam,

During a lap-dance a stripper pulled out my penis to give me a handjob. Since I was flaccid, she spat on her hand twice and rubbed it against my penis. In fear of getting a disease, I respectfully had her to stop. I did not ejaculate, but did develop pre-cum at the tip of my penis. I am not aware of any cuts on my penis. Further since it was dark I was unable to tell if she had blood in her saliva or on her hand or if she was bleeding. I know this situation can be considered low risk, but am extra worried since I am uncircumcised and read that the foreskin has mucous membranes that might be susceptible to HIV. I did not get the chance to thoroughly wash my penis until two hours after this occurrence. I am worried that infectious mechanisms may have entered my uthera or foreskin where mucous membranes may be present.

I would sincerely appreciate your assessment and thoughts, please.

This is the first of unprotected sexual contact with a person whom I don't know.

Do I need to get tested?

Warmest Regards!
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Anonymous
Hi there, thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for HIV and AIDS related information.

To answer your question, you are not at risk for HIV whatsoever! A handjob is not an activity through which HIV can be transmitted, even if saliva is involved. Firstly the HIV virus is a very weak virus and dies immediately upon being exposed to the air. In your situation, if there was any HIV positive blood involved it would have been exposed to the air and any virus would be dead and unable to transmit. For this reason you are at no risk for HIV. In order to transmit the HIV virus must be in a controlled environment and cannot be exposed to the air, for example during any kind of penetrative sex or injection drug use. For your information, saliva is not a bodily fluid that carries the virus, in fact it actually has an enzyme that breaks down the virus, so you do not need to worry about the fact that the lady spat on your penis.

Also keep in mind that because the lady was a stripper it does not mean that she is any more likely to have or to pass the HIV virus. In fact sex workers are often more aware of their sexual health and practice safer sex than the average individual.

I hope that answers your question, if you have any further questions please feel free to contact us again or visit [www.avert.com](www.avert.com) for additional reliable information.

In health,

Arne, AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer



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