Anonymous
HI,
Last week, I was with someone and rubbed my penis on her back.
No penetration no anal vaginal sex at all.
Just plain rubbing on back. But later i noticed she had a cut on her back where my penis touched - like the one if you or someone scratch, very hard, there back with nails. The cut was not deep and it appears that blood had clotted as there were red spots like the ones you get after scratch from sharp things may be nails in this case..
MY concern -penis touched the back of lady which had cut on her back which was a red blood spot (dont know- how old the cut was, so cant say whether it was clotted but she stayed with me for 1:30 hours before i did rubbing thing and most probably she gave the red spot to herself earlier as i did not do those things and neither she scratched her back infront of me.).
am I at risk for hiv due to penis touching cut with blood spot.
thanks and regards
in advance

ps adding link of image i found on net to show the kind of scratch
http://image.shutterstock.com/z/stock-photo-scratch-on-a-human-skin-214531678.jpg but in my case the scratch appeared to be more dark red like a day old
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Anonymous
Hi there and thanks for reaching out to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline. My name is Colin and I'm happy to answer your questions today.

I understand you are concerned about the possibility of acquiring HIV after your penis touched a small scratch on your partner's back. I hope the information I can provide will put your mind at ease.

Right away I can tell you that this was a no risk exposure. 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 case, when we are talking about cuts or wounds as the route of direct access to the bloodstream, the injury must be very severe. Our rule of thumb is that if the wound is not bleeding profusely and requiring immediate medical attention then it is not a viable route of entry to the bloodstream. Because it doesn't sound like these conditions were met during your exposure, we can categorize it as no risk.

For more information on how HIV is passed on between people, I'd recommend checking out the [Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange's website](http://www.catie.ca/en/basics/hiv-and-aids#how) or the [Smart Sex Resource](http://smartsexresource.com/) for lots of great tips on how to have the best safest sex you can.

All the best,

Colin

AIDS Vancouver Helpline
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