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clarification for HIV infectiousness outside the body

Mar 12, 2012

Ive read many a post in regards to HIVs survival outside the human body in relation to non penetrative sexual contact. I'll state my conclusions and then could you please answers as wether i am correct in my thinking. HIV dies after several minutes once dried once it leaves the body. However due to been a fragile virus it looses its ability to infect another within seconds. So detecable few minutes. Infectious few seconds.

This is in regards to mutual masterbation with the possibility of bodily fluids been exchanged but not primarily in the body but been removed from the host exposed to air and then inserted in vagina/anus. 2nd questions.. why is mutual masterbation not a risk but sharing sex toys is?

Thankyou in advance

Response from Mr. Cordova

Hi there:

You are correct in your conclusions. The reason why mutual masturbation would not be seen as a high-risk activity, is because even though you are coming into contact with fluids that may contain HIV, it is not likely that the fluids, and therefore the virus, would find its way into your body in a manner that would facilitate transmission.

When you share a sex toy, it's possible to take infected fluids and immediately put it inside of another person. That is the difference.

I hope this helps.

In health,


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