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STI's / HIV

Is it true that male circumcision will reduce the chance of getting HIV? I know that whether this is true or not, a condom is needed. However, is adult/adolescent circumcision a good idea for this? Obviously, I am not circumcised.

A Answer

It’s true that circumcision will reduce risk of HIV transmission (by up to 60%, and only if you’re topping).

However some studies have shown that condoms are 100% effective against HIV when used every time and correctly, so there is very little to be gained by taking this step if you’re using condoms anyway.

It can also take up to 6 months to heal after a circumcision, which means you’d be out of action for a while, and some people report a loss in sensitivity in their penis.

Condoms will also protect you from other STIs like syphilis and gonorrhoea, but circumcision won’t – so we’d recommend sticking with condoms.

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STI's / HIV

Hi there, firstly I have to introduce myself as having zero knowledge about HIV. The only person that I have sex with is my girlfriend. But last night, I was drunk and my friend brought me to a massage escort. The lady applied some oil on my body and did massage for me. Both of us are naked. At the end, she applied some oil on my private part and did a hand job for me. Because of the lighting, I didn't see whether she has a cut on hand or not. Now I'm worrying that if she has HIV virus, will I be affected? Also can be the virus enter my body through the urethra?

A Answer

The risk of contracting HIV from a hand job is really really low (basically 0%), especially if oil was on your penis, as that would have provided a barrier that would have made it much harder for HIV to get through.

Yes the virus can enter through your urethra, but this is most commonly from condomless vaginal or anal sex – not a handjob. Even oral sex is considered relatively safe for HIV transmission, as saliva has an enzyme that breaks down the virus. This risk is increased if either person has open sores on their penis/in their mouth.

You most likely have nothing to be concerned about, but if you’d like to speak to someone then NZAF offers free counselling services nationwide (link below)

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