Anonymous
Hi,
Please Is there any risk of HIV after someone put his finger in my mouth, I was sleeping and he did that without my permission. I have always injury in my mouth and I was sleeping with my mouth open. After this bad joke I saw that his finger was with a open cut. The cut was 12 h old, half a day. Please help me.
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Anonymous
Hi there!
Thanks for contacting the AIDS Vancouver helpline with your HIV related questions and concerns. We're happy to help!

I understand this must have been a scary situation for you! Hopefully my answer will help to ease your worries.

At most, your situation would be considered a Low Risk situation which means that although there have been a few reports of infection attributed to these activities, they're usually under certain identifiable conditions. In your case, there are many factors that reduce the risk, essentially bringing it down to almost nothing. For example, saliva contains an enzyme that helps to break down viruses and bacteria, reducing risk of acquiring infections through the mouth. Further, you mention "injuries" in your mouth, but in order for a wound to provide direct access to the bloodstream, it has to be rather severe, such as a wound that's gushing blood or requires immediate medical attention such as stitches. If there was wounds from major dental surgery for example, these might attribute to the low risk, but if it's just something like biting your cheek or tongue, these aren't likely to be a risk for HIV transmission.
Finally, the cut on your friends finger must have been large and bleeding a lot as you would have had to take in a lot of blood to be at risk. Any blood on the surface of your friends cut (like if it was a semi-dry cut) wouldn't be a risk, since HIV, once exposed to the outside environment, becomes damaged and can no longer be transmitted (it's inactivated). Thus, if you just touched a wound's surface there wouldn't really be any risk involved.

So there are many variables at play here, but all signs point to an extremely low level of risk, closer to no risk, and I don't think there's a need to be worried or tested in this situation. If you're overly concerned, however, an HIV test is the only way to know.

I hope this helped! Please check out our website or avert.org for more information!

Sincerely,

Christina

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