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Risk Of HIV Transmission From Touching Rectum

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AIDS InfoNet

Stopping the Spread of HIV

...infection, you should take steps to prevent getting infected. People recently infected (within the past 2 or 3 months) are most likely to transmit HIV to others. This is when their viral load is the highest. In general, the risk of transmission is higher with higher viral loads. This fact sheet provides an overview of HIV prevention, and refers you to other fact sheets for more details on specific topics. Sexual Activity You can avoid any...
Ask the Experts

HIV risk?

Hello,I hope you will be able to advise or reassure about something which has recently happened.I am a 29 yr old gay man.4 weeks ago I met a guy and went back to his place. Things got a little heated although perhaps not what most people would...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...(you) are seroconverting" because you have a sore throat! Clearly you realize your activities with Poz-Guy were extremely low risk for HIV transmission. Plus becoming "terrified" just because you get a sore throat is irrational. Symptoms are... Read more »

Attempted anal sex

During a regretable night of drunken stupidity i received unprotected oral sex off a girl i met that evening. We attempted anal sex but i could not enter but did have contact with the rectum. Is there a high risk of HIV transmission? many thanks.
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...No, there is not a high risk of transmission. The insertive partner is likely to be at risk for transmission during penetrative vaginal or anal sex. Touching Read more »

What is my risk?

I met a HIV positive person. We had some less than social hugging and short and brief kissing. Also at night both of us jacked off using our own hands. I am wondering will this put me into risk of infection? Will the virus from his semen, which he...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...During sexual contact, this happens when infected fluids come into contact with mucous membranes (the lining of the vagina, rectum, urethra, and mouth). Any sexually transmitted infection that causes genital lesions or inflammation can increase... Read more »


Last night--during my first sexual encounter with another man--I received oral sex, and afterwards grinded with him in bed. At one point, his penis was between my cheeks, but not actually inserted in my rectum. I noticed that there was "precum" on...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...This risk is not great enough to warrant testing, as there is 1) no evidence of HIV transmission through grinding, and 2) there was no Read more »
AIDS InfoNet


...They can protect the penis from HIV-infected vaginal fluids and blood in the mouth, vagina, or rectum. They also reduce the risk of spreading other sexually transmitted diseases. Condoms must be stored, used and disposed of correctly. Male... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Reducing the Risk of Getting HIV From Sexual Activities

...safer sex to riskier sex. Each time you engage in a sexual activity, you choose (whether consciously or unconsciously) the level of risk you are comfortable with for that moment. Safer sex often involves use of latex condoms, latex dental dams,... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Safer Sex Guidelines

...fluids , there is no risk. HIV needs to get into the body for infection to occur. Safer sex guidelines are ways to reduce the risk of spreading HIV during sexual activity. Unsafe Activities Unsafe sex has a high risk of spreading HIV. The... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

How HIV Is Spread

...transfusions, accidents in health care settings or certain blood products (See below for detailed information about the actual level of risk for each mode of transmission) Mother to baby (before or during birth, or through breast milk) ... Read more »
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Seriously Needing Advice

Posted by dale30, 3 Replies one that he was HIV positive and gave me some basics to help me make a choice. I read a lot of information regarding the risk of transmission and decided that I could have a sexual relationship with this man. So far all of our penetrative... Read more »

Can anyone help me

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...once we masterbated and our penis touched i think his precum got on my penis. Then the other guy i inserted my penus in his rectum for about 10 seconds no more than that, What are the chances to contract HIV. Please help me. I appreciate your... Read more »

Skin Abrasion on Penis / HIV Transmission Risk

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...bleeding was present, yet I instantly panicked. Upon discussing it with the guy, he shared some concerning information about risky behavior, long-time refusal to test, and AIDS-related death of a partner. I sank into a severe period of HIV... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...A user in the other section said she sat on a needle and got HIV, its very possible and it has happened before, my question is has anyone ever heard of this happening ? and do they know anyone Read more »