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Fingering and Masturbation

Question: 

Hi.... I am from India

few days ago, I had fingered a csw till she orgasmed. Immediately after her orgasm,I masturbated. considering the vaginal fluid on my fingers, can I be considered at risk.

thank you so much

Answer: 

Hi there,

Thanks for writing in to us with your HIV-related questions.

Fingering is considered a negligible risk for HIV transmission. Even if you masturbated afterwards, the risk remains the same. HIV is quite a fragile virus and does not survive outside the body once exposed to air. So if you had any HIV+ vaginal fluids on your fingers, the HIV would likely have already died. For HIV transmission to occur, there are specific conditions that must be present:

  1. A body fluid with high levels of HIV (blood, semen, vaginal fluids, rectal secretions, pre-ejaculate) AND

  2. An activity (unprotected anal/vaginal sex, sharing injecting needles) AND

  3. Direct access for the virus to enter the blood stream (the virus gains access through the vagina, anus, urethra in the penis, other mucosal membranes).

Given the situation you described, you were not at risk for HIV. We here at AIDS Vancouver recommend that all sexually active individuals get tested regularly for their health and the health of their partners. Testing can be done yearly, every 6 months or every 3 months, depending on individual needs. If you have never been tested, now may be a great opportunity to do so.

I trust this information has been helpful. Feel free to contact us again with any further questions or concerns.

In health,

Lindila