Was this a risk???


Thank you so much for making this online resource available where people like me can get accurate information on Hiv and STDs.

My situation involved mutual masturbation with another guy. All that happened was that we masturbated each other without condoms. Nothing else happened: no kissing, no oral sex of any kind, no penetrative/anal sex. It was just masturbation which lasted for about 10 minutes. It happened in my car.

My concern is that the other guy ejaculated his semen on my hand. I cannot be sure if I had any minor scrapes or scratches on my hand at the time. Now when the semen got of my hand, it stayed there for about 5 minutes until I got a bottle of water and washed it off and then used hand sanitiser to clean the hand. I have been worried about this ever since. It happened last week Thursday night.

If this guy is HIV positive(maybe he is), was getting his semen on my hand a risk for HIV infection? Do I really need to test for HIV from this episode? I never engage in penetrative sex with anyone at all.

Finally, on another note, would you recommend that someone who is going to get a blow job/oral sex from someone else, that a condom be used?

Thank you for answering my questions.
Hello and thank you for your question.

We gather that you would like to know if you are at risk of acquiring HIV through non-insertive mutual masturbation, where the other person ejaculated onto your hand.

This encounter does not carry a risk of HIV transmission (No Risk).

In order for an HIV transmission to occur, all three of the following conditions must be met:

1 - There must be HIV present in a bodily fluid. The five bodily fluids that carry the HIV virus include: blood, semen (including pre-ejaculate), vaginal fluids, breast milk, and rectal secretions. (1) The presence of HIV is an unknown in your situation.

2 - The bodily fluid containing HIV must have direct access to the bloodstream. This can be through cuts, tears, rips, mucous membranes, open sores, or needles. (1) Minor scrapes or scratches that you are not sure existed would not provide adequate access to the bloodstream.

3 - Transmission occurs through a risky activity in which the first two conditions are met. (1) Examples of risky activities are unprotected anal or vaginal sex, and sharing of hypodermic needles for injection drug use. Mutual masturbation is not a risky activity.

To address your second question, receiving oral sex is considered to be a negligible risk for transmission of HIV. This means that transmission is possible in theory, but there are no confirmed cases on record of a person acquiring HIV when they received oral sex. Still, we would not discourage you from using a condom for oral sex since it could potentially protect you from other sexually transmitted infections which can be transmitted through this activity.

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

AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer, Dyson

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