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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

Hi Terry,

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.

Be well.

Dr. Bob



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