Anonymous
Hi Doc,
Could you please help me answering few questions because I am very anxious and sleepless. Can HIV be transmitted through unprotected handjob. I got an unprotected handjob from a lady in massage parlor and she used some oil to massage my body before that. I doubt if she has HIV+ or she had any cut on hand. It was too dark room and I was not able to notice her cuts on hand. I am too scared and this is my first experience in my life. I have a family and I am too scared to have sex with my wife. Do I need to go for a test? I am not able to sleep and completely going through a bad mental phase. I will never do any mistake in my life like this. I am having some pains below my ears and I am thinking is it because of that and my lymph nodes are showing the symptoms. One more question that, is it risky to share foods and smokes with HIV+ patients(it is just a query). Please help me and suggest me something.
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Anonymous
Hi there, thanks for contacting the AIDS Vancouver helpline with your HIV related questions and concerns. We're happy to help!

I understand that situations like this can be concerning, but hopefully my answer will help to ease some of your worries!

I'm happy to let you know that this situation is No Risk! Non-penetrative masturbation is a no risk activity because there is no exchange of bodily fluids! Further, even if there was cuts on her hand or bodily fluids present, they would be exposed to the outside environment, and once HIV is exposed to the outside environment it becomes damaged and inactivated and can no longer be passed on. Overall, there is no risk at all!

There is therefore, no reason for you to get tested, at least not for this encounter! If you had unprotected penetrative sex of any kind then you may want to get tested for HIV, but a handjob on it's own is non-penetrative, so it's no risk, and doesn't need an HIV test.

Sharing food/cigarettes is also no risk for the same reasons - any bodily fluids exposed to the environment are no longer a risk since HIV cannot survive outside the body. Additionally, your mouth generally doesn't provide a point for infection, as there's no large wounds to access the blood stream, and saliva has enzymes to break down viruses and bacteria.

I hope this helped! Please check out our website or avert.org for more information about HIV.

Sincerely,

Christina

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