Anonymous
hi sir,
im k, age 21.
my question is tat... i had safe sex with a sex partner of unknown hiv status. aftr havng sex... i just removed my condom with my fingers and later washed my penis with the same hand, within less than a minute and i am much worried abt her vaginal fluid may present on my fingers, as i told u above tat i washd with the same hand. is there any chance for contracting of hiv???
n after 6 weeks i got testd for pcr rna, result was negative. im very happy for the result.
bt evn though im little discomfrt abt the test tat it was really accurate or not??
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Anonymous
Hello and thanks for reaching out to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

It sounds like you have some concerns about the likelihood of acquiring HIV.

It is great that you used protection while having a sexual encounter with your partner, as it is great for protecting one against sexual infections. From what you have told me, you are concerned about the fact that you touched her vaginal fluids with your fingers while you were removing the condom and whether that puts you at risk of acquiring HIV. It is important to note that HIV is a virus that cannot live outside the human body. Once exposed to air, the HIV virus begins to breakdown to the point where it is no longer transmissible. Furthermore, for there to be a risk of HIV transmission, there needs to be a body fluid, an activity such as unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse and a direct access for the virus to enter the bloodstream. In your particular scenario, you would be at No Risk of acquiring HIV.

On the other hand, Vaginal or Anal sex with a condom is distinguished as a Low Risk. This is the case as there is an exchange of body fluids and there have been a few reports of infection attributed to this particular activity. However, the use of a condom greatly reduces the likelihood of acquiring HIV in the described scenario.

Below I have attached an HIV Transmission Equation chart, which goes over in further detail of the necessary factors that are required for there to be a risk of HIV transmission.

HIV TRANSMISSION EQUATION


BODY FLUID
+
ACTIVITY
+
DIRECT ACCESS TO BLOODSTREAM
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• 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
The PCR RNA test is an HIV test that detects the genetic material of HIV itself. The negative result that you received is a good indicator of your current HIV status. If it makes you feel comfortable then you can retest at 12 weeks as HIV testing guidelines state that at 12 weeks all HIV tests generate completely conclusive results.

For more information on HIV you can visit [HIV Basics](http://catie.ca/en/basics/hiv-and-aids#how).

Regards,

Chris, Volunteer

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

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