[Question #3068] HIV Risk?

40 months ago
Dear Doctor,

I hope all is well with you.

A couple of month ago I went to a brothel in Czech Republic with my friends. I did not have virginal sex with the sex worker and she gave me a hand job. What had me worried was the fact that we were both naked in bed: if the virginal discharge of the sex worker flew out and got in touch with some minor cuts (wasn't aware of any at the time) on my body or on my penis, was I at any risk of being infected with HIV?

Thank you in advance for your kind help!

H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
40 months ago
Welcome to the forum. Thanks for your quesiton.

In a nutshell:  no risk, no worries, no need for testing, and if you have a regular partner, you can continue your normal sexual practices without fear of transmitting HIV. So my first reaction is to congratulate you on limiting this exposure to entirely safe sex.

First, the odds such a partner has HIV is fairly low, probably 1% (1 chance in a hundred). Second, even with unprotected vaginal sex, the average transmission risk female to male (if the female is infected) averages once for ever 2,500 events. Third, you didn't have se, at least not for purposes of transmission. HIV is not transmitted by hand-genital contact, even when sexual secretions (e.g. vaginal fluid) are used for lubrication. Finally, sharing a bed is no risk. For example, children who share beds for many years with HIV infected parents (very common in some developing countries) never catch HIV, assuming no sexual abuse.

You you needn't worry at all. And by the way, the same is true of all STDs other than HIV.

I hope this information is helpful. Let me know if anything isn't clear.


40 months ago
Thank you so much for your help! Happy Holidays!