Anonymous
I had a small scratch on the back of my hand which happened due to a plastic teeth in the toiler paper dispenser. It looked like a small scratch or bruise but later bled very little for 2 mins which i wiped and washed. The small spot of blood was stopped and the skin cut was around  2 mm only. It got sealed leaving a small black dot on the back of my palm in another 10 mins. No more bleeding and i forgot about that. This was at 2 30 pm and later  in the night I went for a strip club and did normal 5 mins lap dance with 3 different ladies by around 12 - 12 30 am. I was not allowed to touch then and kept my hands beside my thighs on the sofa while they danced. They went naked and rubbed their bottoms on my lap alone. I was wearing a jeans and never was naked. I kept my hands on the sides all the times as i am not allowed to touch. I didn't  feel any fluids or anything on top of my hands either. I have OCD and now I started worrying.  I know I am at zero risk with the help of posts here. But please please can you confirm?
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helpline-volunteer

Hi there,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the possibility of HIV transmission through getting a small scratch on your hand and then getting a lap dance. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No Risk (transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario).

The scenario mentioned above does not meet the three components of the HIV Transmission Equation (see down below).
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In order for HIV transmission to occur in this circumstance, a number of requirements must be fulfilled. HIV transmission occurs when the following conditions are met: There must be the presence of HIV positive fluid (semen, pre-cum, vaginal fluid, rectal fluid, blood, or breastmilk), coupled with direct access to the bloodstream. This scenario is considered to be No Risk.  Factors in the transmission equation: such as the presence of HIV positive fluid, activity and direct access to the bloodstream were not present and did not occur. You indicated your hand was beside your thighs, no fluid was present and you did not engage in an activity that could possibly facilitate HIV transmission. 

Recommendation: No need for an HIV test with the scenario provided, please refer to a healthcare professional for other health related questions.

Regards,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Sonali

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