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Transmission with coughing/frottage/hand holding?
Apr 3, 2000

My HIV-negative boyfriend and I are very intimate, although we don't have intercourse. We hold hands often, caress each other and hug a lot. We wear latex gloves and he wears a condom when we give each other hand jobs. We often simulate sex while fully dressed. Lately he has become very concerned that he is at risk of exposure. He wants to know whether some brands of latex are better than others. He is afraid that the virus could enter his body through an unseen cut on his face or hands from my breath or coughing or hand touch. He is concerned that I might infect him if I touch my mouth at dinner and then touch a cut on his body. I don't want to infect him or anybody else. From experience, I've learned that no evidence or reasoning can help once fear takes hold. So this is really for my own peace of mind. Have any case studies been done on transmission between couples like us? Is he in danger? What can I do to ensure the safety of him and others? Thanks. Hurting.

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