Anonymous
Hello, i am a homosexual male , new to the dating scene i met a guy and we cuddled together and caressed each other, i occasionally rubbed my eyes with my finger, we kissed (no deep kiss) my lipps are chapped, is that a reason for concern? i never touched his penis and he never touched mine. however i touched my penis for a few seconds with the hand i was caressing him. he has a beard( don t know if that changes anything) i m already scarred i might have caught something... please help, do i need testing
 
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for using the AIDS Vancouver helpline as your source of HIV related information.
Firstly, HIV does not discriminate based on characteristics of an individual (age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, occupation, etc). It is the activity you have (unprotected anal/vaginal sex, sharing needles) that pose a possibility for acquiring HIV.
Secondly, for the HIV acquisition to take place, 3 things have to be present:1) HIV+ bodily fluids (blood, pre-cum, semen, vaginal fluids, rectal secretions, breast milk) AND2) Activity (unprotected anal sex, unprotected vaginal sex, sharing needles, mother-to-child) AND3) Direct access to enter the bloodstream (through: vaginal, anus, urethra in the penis, points of needle injection)
It is theoretically possible to acquire HIV from chapped lips; however, both of you have to have actively bleeding open cuts to even pose a risk to begin with. Thus, kissing with chapped lips pose absolutely no possibility for acquiring HIV.Mutual masturbation does not have #2 and #3, so again, there is no possibility of HIV transmission.For more information about HIV transmission, please check the links:http://www.avert.org/transmission.htmhttp://www.thebody.com/content/30024/hiv-transmission.html
There is no need for you to be tested from the activity you had; however, we encourage all sexually active individuals to be tested for all sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV, regularly to know one's sexual health. It may be every 3-4 months, bi-annually or annually, depending on an individual.
Hopefully you find the information helpful.If you have any other questions/concerns, please feel free to write us back.
Stay healthy and keep smiling,YoshikoAIDS Vancouver Helpline VolunteerE-mail: helpline@aidsvancouver.orgPhone (Mon-Fri 9-4pm): (604) 696-4666Web: http://www.aidsvancouver.org/helpline
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