Anonymous
Hi, I visited a massage parlor 10 days back and got an unprotected handjob from the lady. She used some massage oil and I am worried if she was HIV infected and had any open cuts on hand, I was not able to notice that. I am sleepless and scared if I get some infection. I have a family and I am scared to have sex with my wife. Is there any chance of getting infected by HIV in this way? Do I need to go for a test? Please help me, I am not able to concentrate on work and feeling helpless. I am thinking about the safety of my family. This was my first experience and I am too scared. I am having some ear pain and is that the lymph node symptoms? Do you recommend any test?

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Anonymous
Hello,

Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline as your source for HIV/AIDS related information. I am sorry to hear about your recent worries. I would be happy to answer your questions!

Handjobs are considered a no risk situation and I will explain why by showing you our HIV transmission equation. For HIV transmission to occur, you need to have all 3 of the following factors present.

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
As you can see, you have none of the factors listed above and for that reason, you are considered no risk. The body fluids you were exposed to were your own and for HIV transmission to occur, you must be exposed to the body fluids of another person. You also did not engage in any penetrative activities and there was no direct access for the virus to enter your blood stream. For these reasons, you are considered no risk. If there were cuts on your partners hand, you would still be considered a no risk because the cuts were on her hand and therefore, she would be at risk. However, for cuts to pose as an access point, they must be deep, bleeding and usually, require immediate medical attention. This does not seem to be the situation in your case. For information on how you can get HIV, you may refer to this w[ebsite](http://www.avert.org/hiv-transmission-prevention/how-you-get-hiv).

With regards to your symptoms, please know that HIV does not have clinically definable symptoms. This means that HIV symptoms vary from person to person with a common symptom being flu-like illness. However having flu-like symptoms does not mean that you have HIV. The only way to know if you have HIV is to get tested. If your symptoms continue to bother you, it may be helpful to seek a local medical professional.

Having said all that, from this encounter, you do not need testing. AIDS Vancouver does recommend that all sexually active people be tested on a regular basis for all STI's, including HIV. As well, AIDS Vancouver recommends the use of a condom as condoms are the best and most effective way to protect yourself for STI's and HIV. For more information on safe sex practices, you may refer to this [webpage](http://smartsexresource.com/about-stis/prevention).

I hope this answers your questions and I hope you can feel better!

Best wishes,

Mary

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