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I went to a massage therapist yesterday and at the end she gave me a hand job. Wht is the risk of contracting hiv or any sti if she had a cut on her hands and if i had a cut on my skin on my penis? Before starting she washed her hands. She did not touch her private parts and never touched the tip of my penis but i touched her pubic area. I did not touch her virgina. She only touched the sides. Should i take PEP? Your quick response will be highly appreciated.
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helpline-volunteer

Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the risk of acquiring HIV after receiving a handjob. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No Risk (transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario).

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 direct access to the bloodstream. 

The scenario you described above is considered No Risk as there was no exchange of bodily fluids in this case. If, hypothetically, there were cuts present on both individuals, they would have to be quite large and actively bleeding for there to be a risk of HIV transmission. Superficial cuts (ie. deeper skin layers are left intact) do not provide the virus direct access to the bloodstream, therefore the transmission equation is not satisfied. 

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


Regards,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Ashley

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