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Confusion and Complete Stress over Description of Anal Sex and AIDS
Oct 4, 2000

I am a 30 year old gay male with very little sexual experience. I have always practiced safe oral sex and I have never had any experience with anal sex at all. However, recently a sexual partner asked me to masturbate in his butt cheek area. I began to do so when I discovered that this person had hemoroid swelling. My penis did not penetrate at all inside this person but I am quite sure that my penis did touch his hemoroid swelling as well as the outside opening of his anus for a few seconds. Since this, I am losing hours of sleep and have fallen into a serious depression. Am I at serious risk of getting the infection? I have attempted to find the answer to my situation on-line everywhere without success. I pray that you can help me.I am sure there are many others confused about Anal Sex in the sense of non-penetration this question can help as well.

Thank you.

Response from Mr. Kull

Unless the opening at the head of your penis (the urethra) came into direct contact with infected blood or semen, I don't see how you could have been HIV infected. I am not aware of anyone having been HIV infected by touching the anus or a hemorrhoid with their penis. Gay men are generally infected through unprotected insertive or receptive anal sex, and much less frequently through giving oral sex (receptive).

RMK



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