Anonymous
is using a condom for vaginal sex only a NO RISK ,or u need to worry after sex with condom ? please clarify ,there is a lot of confusion regrding it ,or one need not do sex
because of the fear of HIV .can receiving handjob transmitt hiv ,if cuts ,sores are there in the hand and what if there is no cut,sores in the hand ,regarding hiv transmission?how safe is unprotected & protected oral sex for the reciever ?please elaborate ......

thanks........
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for using the AIDS Vancouver Helpline as a source of HIV/AIDS-related information.

Vaginal sex with a condom is a low risk activity for HIV transmission. This means that there is a potential for HIV transmission because the activity involves the potential for exchanging body fluids. However, there have only been a few reports of HIV transmission attributed to this activity (usually under certain identifiable conditions, such as using a condom incorrectly or a condom breaking). Please note that using a condom during sex definitely decreases the chances of HIV transmission, as unprotected vaginal sex is a high risk activity.

Receiving a handjob is not a risk for HIV transmission (even if the person has small cuts or sores) because the virus does not have direct access to enter the bloodstream.

Receiving oral sex with or without a condom is a negligible risk for HIV transmission. This means that there has never been a confirmed report of HIV being transmitted in this way. Receiving oral sex does not require HIV testing.

For more information regarding HIV transmission risk, please check out the Risk Assessment Chart on the left-hand-side of the Helpline homepage.

Here at AIDS Vancouver, we recommend that all sexually active individuals get tested regularly for all STIs, including HIV, as part of your sexual health routine

I hope that I have addressed your questions. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us again.

In health,

Natalie
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