[Question #6178] Boob milk hiv risk

16 months ago
New situation that I haven’t encountered before.  I went to a strip club and got a lap dance.  During the lap dance the stripper lifted my shirt and sprayed a few streams of breast milk onto my stomach unexpectedly.  I had an erection and my penis may have been poking through the top of my pants, so partially exposed.  Is there any hiv risk or std risk if the milk ran down and onto my penis?  I’m thinking if it hit my urethra?  
My doctor says there is a theoretical risk only and that I don’t need testing.  
Do you agree or do you think I need testing?
Thank you very much as usual.  
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
16 months ago

Welcome to the Forum, thanks for your question.  I'll be glad to help. I will also agree with your doctor.

 As I suspect you know, it is statistically quite unlikely that the dancer you describe had HIV- HIV is rare in women in North America, certainly occurring in less than 1%.  Further breast milk from infected women tends to have less HIV in it than blood or infected genital secretions.  Most importantly however, this sort of external contact is a no risk event.  The best analogy to the unlikely situation that you describe (i.e. direct contact of breast milk from an infected person with your urethra) is the situation which occurs regularly in mutual masturbation in which one partner has HIV and even in that situation, HIV transmission simply does not occur. 

Bottom line, the event you describe was a no risk event.  No need for concern and no need for testing.  I hope that this information is helpful.  EWH

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16 months ago
Thank you very much Dr.  Hook, very much appreciated.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
16 months ago
Glad I could help.  Take care.  EWH---
16 months ago
Super quick follow up...same for all sti’s?...thanks again.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
16 months ago
Correct, there is no risk for any STI from the sort of exposure you described above.  You are in the clear.  No need for concern, no need for testing.  EWH
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