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SEMEN IN THE EYE

QUESTION
I had a partner who was HIV positive. Some of his cum shot into my open eye. I took off my contact lens and rinsed my eye. Am I at risk for HIV?

ANSWER
Technically, you could be at risk, but ejaculation in the eye isn’t an effective mode of transmission—at all. Your eye has mucous membranes similar to those in your mouth, and oral sex when one might be exposed to cum in the mouth we know has very little risk. The fact that your partner ejaculated outside your body reduces your risk, but consistent condom use with any partner of the opposite status is still the best way to reduce the chance of infection.

For extensive information on HIV and HIV testing, visit http://www.sfcityclinic.org/stdbasics/hivaids.asp or http://www.hivinsite.org/.

You should get tested, so head to City Clinic or your doctor to find out your status.

To your health,
Dr. K


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