Anonymous
Basically, I got a handjob done by a sex woker wherein her bodily fluids were not involved. I'm 100% sure that she didn't touch herself 10-15 minutes prior to approaching me. Also, during the handjob she was completely covered. It lasted two minutes where the first minute was just rubbing on top of my underwear and the second where her hand was inside my underwear. She had no cuts/blood on her hand and I didn't really finish since I felt uncomfortable. 
 
This incident happened on the 25th of april and I had a viral flu from the 12th to the 23rd of april and was on medication. Now immediately after the incident, on the 27th of april I had a fever going to 99.1 and had a night sweat that night and the next night as well. From the 28th of april to the 2nd of may I had severe cough and 3-4 swollen lymph nodes in my neck. from the 2nd of may till around the 8th of may I had an irritating throat. From the 8th of may until the 28th of may I was fine. On the 29th I saw a rash ( 5 red circles in my groin area) that dissapeared by the next evening.
 
My questions are - 
 
1) what are my risks of contracting HIV ?
 
2) Did the symptoms I have after the 25th of april seem Like ars ?
 
3) Can ars start within 2-4 days after exposure and disappear within 11-12 days after exposure ?
 
4) Do I need a test based on the information that I've given ?
 
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Anonymous
Hello,
 
Thank you for using the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for your source of HIV related information.
 
Firstly, I'd like to say HIV does not discriminate against ethnicity, age, occupation or religion. HIV can affect everyone equally. It is the act itself you engage in the puts you at a higher risk for HIV.
 
Hand-job's and mutual masturbation are considered no risk for acquiring HIV because there are no exchange of bodily fluids inside bodies. The situation you described puts you at no risk and you can move forward knowing you protected yourself and your partner, all the acts you participated in were safe. If you've had other high risk exposures such as unprotected anal or vaginal sex or shared used needles you may require testing. Based on this incident, testing is not required. Although we recommend everyone who is sexually active to participate in routine STI and HIV testing.
 
In regards to your symptoms, they are unreliable. Many people experience no symptoms at all. Only some people experience strong flu-like symptoms 2-6 weeks after infection which only last 7-10 days. All cold/flu have incubation period, so the symptom you had 2-4 days after the activity is unlikely related to HIV. Symptoms are not a good way to diagnose yourself or anyone; the only way to know your status is by getting a HIV test. If you are still experiencing these feelings it is something you may wish to seek medical care about.
 
If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to contact us.
 
In Health,
 
Jordan
AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
E-mail: helpline@aidsvancouver.org
Phone (Mon-Fri 9am-4pm): (604) 696-4666
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