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I'm a 23 year old guy who had sex anally (I was receptive) with a random guy I met on Grindr, last night. We used a condom. He and I ejaculated on my chest.
Immediately after ejaculation I went to the toilet to clean my chest and anus. I used wet wipes to do it fast in order to walk him out. I cleaned with the first one and I threw it away, the second wipe I used I also used it to clean my anus. At that moment I realized immediately that I'm wiping my anus with a wipe that has sperm on it. I instantly cleaned my anus in the pidet with water and soap. My concern is that I might have actually put the sperm in contact with my anus (which might have micro/small cuts due to anal sex?). Is there ANY risk that I have actually transmitted the virus? Please help.
Thank you so much,
L
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Anonymous
Hi there and thanks for reaching out to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline. My name is Colin and I am happy to answer your questions today.

I understand you have questions about the possibility of acquiring HIV after using a wet wipe with sperm on it to wipe yourself on the toilet. I hope the information I can provide can help put your mind at ease.

Right away I can tell you that this was a low risk encounter. For there to be a successful transmission of HIV there must first be HIV present. Next there must be an exchange of bodily fluids with *direct access* to the bloodstream. Additionally, and important in your exposure, is that once exposed to the air for even a few seconds, while it may not die, HIV is immediately rendered non-transmissible meaning it can no longer be passed on from person to person. One thing to note too is that when we are talking about cuts or injuries as a route of entry for HIV, the wound must be severe. Our rule of thumb is that if it isn't bleeding actively and requiring immediate medical attention then it isn't a viable entry point for HIV. Given that it doesn't sound like any of these conditions were met, this protected anal sex exposure can be categorized as low risk.

In terms of testing, here at AIDS Vancouver we always recommend regular STI and HIV testing for all sexually active people and I would recommend testing for this exposure. For more information on how to have the most fun, safest sex possible I'd recommend checking out the [Safe Sex Resource](http://smartsexresource.com/) for lots of great information. If you are in Canada or the USA, check out [ASO411](https://aso411.ca/) or the [CDC's Get Tested website](https://gettested.cdc.gov/) to find the best resources in your area.

Thanks again for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline. Please feel free to post again if you'd like any more information or clarification.

All the best

Colin

AIDS Vancouver Helpline
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