Anonymous
Hello, 
This morning i was walking out of an apartment complex when i felt something stringy on my lip. I then moved it with my tongue and spit it out. I didn’t not engage in any sexual activity the night before. If the stringy thing on my lip was sperm or some kind of bodily fluid would i be at risk?
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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 after your lip potentially came in contact with bodily fluid. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No Risk (Transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario).

For HIV transmission to be possible, three components must be met (see below).

Helpline Transmission Equation .jpg
HIV transmission requires the presence of HIV positive fluid (such as semen, vaginal fluid, pre-cum, rectal fluid, breastmilk, etc.), coupled with a High, Low, or Negligible Risk activity, that provides the virus with direct access to the bloodstream

In this case, there has been no High Risk activity such as unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse, and no direct access to the bloodstream, therefore the HIV transmission equation is not fulfilled, and there is No Risk
 of transmission.

Recommendation:
 There is no evidence or documented cases of transmission.

Regards,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Ashley 

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