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Question: 

I met a woman (HIV status unknown); Simply ended up fingering her inside the vagina for over 10 minutes. I don't have any cuts on my fingers. We did not indulge in any other sexual activity either. Its been 20 days now and i am having increased frequency of defecation but not diarrhea. Am worried so much. Is there a chance these are initial symptom and i am infected? Is it a possibility.. Please do pray tell me.. Too much anxiety

Answer: 

Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the risk of acquiring HIV through fingering a vagina. You are also concerned about symptoms (frequency of defecation) that you have been experiencing. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be Negligible Risk (There are no evidence or no documented cases of transmission).

The scenario mentioned above does not meet the three components of the transmission equation(1). It does not satisfy the equation because:

  • To acquire HIV, there must be direct access for an HIV containing fluid to enter your bloodstream.

In the scenario that you provided, you say that you engaged in fingering a vagina. Fingering is considered a Negligible Risk activity. This means that there is a theoretical possibility, however, there are no evidence or no documented cases of transmission. This is because for the transmission of HIV to occur, there must be direct assess for fluid containing HIV to enter the bloodstream. These direct assess points include inside of the vagina or anus, the urethra of the penis, open cuts and sores(in theory), musocal membranes, and points of needle injection. You say in the description that there were no cuts on your fingers at the time of the activity, therefore, there was no direct access for any fluids containing HIV to enter your bloodstream.

We cannot link the symptoms (frequency of defecation) that you are feeling to HIV acquisition. Yet, these symptoms could be indicative of various other infections. We recommend that you consult with your health care professional to attend to these symptoms.

Recommendation: There are no documented cases of transmission through fingering. Consult with your Physician for more personalized answers concerning the symptoms you have been experiencing.

Regards, AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Hilary