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wearing someones dirty drawers
Mar 10, 2003

Dear Dr's, I recently went to a fetish party a wore anothers man's underwear after he ejaculated in them 10 minutes or so prior. Could I catch hiv from this? Also I am a gay male...never had unprotected sex.

Response from Mr. Kull

A clever new form of safer sex (and kinky, too)! Since the CDC has only documented sexual transmission through anal and vaginal sex (and much less frequently through oral sex), and there's no evidence of transmission through hanging out in someone else's panties, you probably have nothing to worry about.

This is the deal: whenever your body comes into contact with another person's HIV infected fluids (like semen), there is the possibility of HIV transmission. However, this is how transmission most commonly occurs:

Unprotected vaginal or anal sex, during which infected fluids (like semen or vaginal secretions) come into contact with mucous membranes (the lining of the rectum or urethra)

So, while coming into contact with semen isn't risk free for some sexually transmitted infections, you should primarily be concerned about protecting yourself (with condoms) during vaginal and anal sex. Otherwise, have fun.

RMK



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