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fingering with open friction blisters

Question: 

Hello thanks for this online support, I had a risk I fingered a stripper with an unknown hiv status I had 2 opened friction blisters that I had popped 3 days before the incident can you guys help ?

Answer: 

Hello and thank you for using the AIDS Vancouver Helpline as your source of HIV/AIDS related information.

Fingering is considered a negligible risk activity for the passing of HIV, meaning even though there is a fluid exchange, there has never been a confirmed report of HIV being passed in this way. This holds true even with the presence of friction blisters. The HIV virus requires direct access to the bloodstream to cause an infection. Cuts and blisters do not provide adequate access to the bloodstream for the virus to enter, as our bodies begin to heal and protect us from pathogens as soon as we are injured. I do not recommend HIV testing based on this exposure alone.

Thank you for your question and please don’t hesitate to contact us in the future.

Elyse