[Question #5592] Quick HIV Transmission Question

22 months ago
Hello Doctors,
Is it possible to acquire HIV infection through a lapdance from a nude woman, during which I was clothed? No sexual acts performed. 

Particular details I am concerned about are:

1. The dancer nibbled on my ear, and there could have been some saliva present. I noticed the following day that I had a small scab from a scratch/cut on my ear that could have been there at the time of the dance (do not believe she bit me and cut me). So I wanted to ask if that was a risk.

2. I also had a 24 hour old scrape on my elbow. It had a bandaid on it. Seemed dry, but a bit of the cut could have been peeking out. I don't recall if the cut was exposed through my shirt, but if it was, could I get infected if the dancer touched her genitals, got some vaginal fluid on her hands, then came into contact with my cut?

Would you recommend I get tested, or can I resume sexual relationship with my wife? We are monogamous and this dance incident is my only risk.

Thanks in advance!
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
22 months ago
Welcome to our Forum.  Thanks for your confidence in our service.  I happened to be on-line when your question arrived so you are receiving a reply a bit more quickly than is typical.  It is my pleasure to inform you that the events you described did not put you at any risk for HIV or for other STIs, even if the dancer did have HIV which is statistically unlikely. HIV is not transmitted in saliva which contacted your ear, even with the presence of a scab on it.  Similarly, contact with the scab over the wound on your /elbow did not put you at risk for acquisition of HIV or any other STI either.  There is absolutely no reason for concern and no reason for testing related to the events you describe.  Likewise, there is no need for you to abstain from unprotected sex with your wife.  You are in the clear.  EWH---
22 months ago
Thank you very much Doctor. Much appreciated.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
22 months ago
I'm pleased I can help. EWH---