[Question #2482] Could you clear up this?

44 months ago

I wanted to clarify a thought. I understood now that mutual masturbation is no risk for HIV and mutual masturbation is no risk for HIV even if I have HSV 1, HSV2, or HPV or any other STD or medical condition. I want to know that mutual masturbation is safe even if I have a herpes lesion on my penis or lip or a genital wart or other skin abrasion or cut. Another clarify I want is that contact with HIV infected blood would also be no risk even if I have a herpes lesion or a genital wart or other skin abrasion or cut and contact this blood.  Final, I add that I do not participate in mutual masturbation but worry that someone come into my house. My house mate has friends over and my apartment complex repair people, such as  plumber or electrician come in my apartment recently and leave HIV fluids like blood or semen or vaginal secretions which I then contact. Could you confirm for me that I am at no risk via possible contact with HIV fluids left in my apartment by someone else even if I masturbate or have sex with my partner after accidental contact with these fluids?


Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
44 months ago
Welcome to our Forum. The questions you have asked are familiar and are questions we have answered on multiple past occasions.  Even with a genital wart, abrasion of HSV-1 lesion on your lip or penis, mutual masturbation and contact with infected secretions remains a no risk event which should not concern you and does not warrant testing.

In the same way, HIV is not transmitted through contact with inanimate objects.  Thus if a worker came into your house with HIV on their hands or clothes or somehow left HIV infected secretions on a counter, a toilet seat or other inanimate object (including towels), there would be no risk to you of infection through contact.  No risk at all and no risk for testing.

The only way that HIV is transmitted is through DIRECT, UNPROTECTED sexual Contact or INJECTION of infected material DEEP into tissue and even then the risk of acquisition of infection is less than 1% per encounter (and, depending on the sort of exposure, much, much less than 1%).   I hope these comments are helpful to you.  EWH
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44 months ago
Thank so much doctor. In your reply you mentioned only HSV1. You wroted: "Even with a genital wart, abrasion of HSV-1 lesion on your lip or penis, mutual masturbation and contact with infected secretions remains a no risk event which should not concern you and does not warrant testing."

Does this same advice about not concern me and no warrant for testing apply if I have a HSV2 lesion on my penis or lip? Thank you again much doctor
44 months ago
And one more question please doctor. You wroted "The only way that HIV is transmitted is through DIRECT, UNPROTECTED sexual Contact". Does DIRECT, UNPROTECTED contact mean penis/hole penetration like vaginal or anal penetration? What about mutual masturbation with anal fingering? Is mutual masturbation with anal fingering also no risk? Thank you docter
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
44 months ago
Yes, the same is true for HSV-2 lesions. 

I think you are playing word games.  DIRECT, UNPROTECTED contact means that- putting the penis INTO the vaginal or rectum.  Masturbation is masturbation whether the anus is involved or not and whether or not it is mutual masturbation in which one person gets another's genital secretions on their partner- still no risk and no need for testing.  EWH
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44 months ago
Thank you docter.  Today at my fitness center perfect example of what you are telling me I think. I gone into the bathroom and saw several drops of blood on the bottom portion of one of the urinal. I think someone have bloody nose maybe. I do not remember touching this blood but is it true that even if I accidently touch this blood, this is not a risk for HIV transmission or transmission of any other std?
44 months ago
even if I accidently touch this blood then touch my eyeball or nose or mouth or ear or little scrapes I may have
44 months ago
or if this blood accidentaly touch my penis hole.

thank you for all your answers they help me a lot
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
44 months ago
None of these "what if scenarios" would put you at ANY risk for HIV, even in the unlikely circumstance that the blood was from a person with untreated HIV and was fresh.  Touching it or touching it and then rubbing you eye, the opening to your urethra or other body parts would still be entirely NO risk events. 

If you continue to worry about such things. my sincere advice, offered to be helpful to you is that you seek counseling from a professional who can help you work through these unjustified and unrealistic fears.  It would be awful to have to live life believing such things.  I say this out of concern for you.  Nothing more. 

I will also point out that this is my third reply to your questions and therefore this thread will be closed shortly.  

Before I do however, I must point out that the forum does not permit repeated anxiety driven questions by the same users. This will have to be your last one; future new questions on this topic will be deleted without reply and without refund of your posting fee. This policy is based on compassion, not criticism, and is designed to reduce temptations to keep paying for questions with obvious answers; because experience shows that continued answers tends to simply prolong such anxieties, when the real answer normally should be professional counseling; and because such questions have little educational value for other users, one of the forum's main purposes. I trust you will understand.

EWH
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