Anal Mucus: Clean or Dirty
Mar 10, 2010
Hi, Dr. Bob,
Are you doing okay? I have noticed you have been away for a few days and I just hope and pray you are feeling well and all is fine.
Now my question for you: Does anal mucus (yuck!) transmit HIV? If so, is anal-penis frottage safe? I ask because my penis pushed up against another man's anus during an encounter for a minute or so. There was no penetration but I was told by an HIV counselor that there could be a risk of anal mucus coming into contact/transmitting via the head of my penis? Is this correct? Other counselors have told me there is no risk at all. Only you do I trust...
Please answer. I am desperate... Thanks, Terry
Response from Dr. Frascino
Anal secretions can contain HIV in positively charged folks. Generally speaking, frottage at either the front or back door is not considered to be a significant HIV risk. I tend to side with the "other counselors." As always, however, if you feel you placed yourself at risk for HIV, get a single HIV-antibody test at the three-month mark. I'm confident your result will be negative.
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