Shower gel as lubricant while masturbating(man 30years old)

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Sunday, November 20, 2011
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 (man 30years old)I have a question that i used shower gel /body wash as lubricant in a hotel when i was masturbating,do i have any risk to get HIV if the  shower gel /body wash was mixed up with seminal fluid/bodily fluids which is contaminated with hiv virus,i am worrid about it because i caught a cold 2days after that ,thank you


 Hi and thank you for using the AIDS Vancouver Helpline as your source of HIV/AIDS related information.
Non-insertive masturbation is considered a no risk activity for HIV transmission. In order for HIV transmission to occur, you need a fluid (pre-cum/semen, blood, vaginal fluids), an activity (unprotected anal/vaginal intercourse, sharing needles), and direct access to the bloodstream (through the vagina, anus, penis, or other mucosal membranes).
If there was HIV+ semen in the hotel shower gel, it is unlikely that there would be any HIV still active in the semen. The reason for this is that HIV cannot survive in the air or outside of the body for very long- it requires a human host. Also, from the situation you described, it is unlikely for transmission to be possible since the HIV+ fluids need direct access to your blood stream (the urethra in your penis).
As well, you can be rest assured that the cold you are experiencing is not due to HIV. Because HIV symptoms mirror other viral infections (such as the flu), you should try not to focus too much on these symptoms as being indicative of HIV. If you are sexually active and have never been tested for HIV it might be a good idea to do so but this experience does not warrant testing.
In the future I do encourage you to advocate for yourself and your personal health- if you feel as though hotel bathroom products are used and you have suspicions as to their cleanliness, I would encourage you to speak with hotel reception/house cleaning so that you can avoid this kind of anxiety in the future.
I hope this helped answer your question. Please let us know if we can provide you with any other information.
Take care,
AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
604-696-4666, Monday-Friday 9am-4pm

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