Anonymous
Hello, what are my chances of acquiring hiv if I get a 2millimetre cut next to my nail while anally fingering a woman?
Thank you
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Anonymous
Hi there,

Thanks for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline with your HIV related questions and concerns. We are happy to help!

In terms of this activity, it would be considered a Negligible Risk. What this means is that even though you could technically make a case for it, there hasn't been a single report of acquiring HIV through this manner.

The reason that there isn't a significant risk associated with this activity is because the cut on your finger would have to provide direct access to the blood stream, which isn't the case. A cut, to provide direct access to the blood stream, is generally thought of as being serious enough to require medical attention such as stitches.

I am attaching the HIV transmission Equation below, which makes it easier to visualize exactly what components are necessary for transmission to even be possible:


HIV TRANSMISSION EQUATION


BODY FLUID
+
ACTIVITY
+
DIRECT ACCESS TO BLOODSTREAM
---------- -------- ----------------------------
• blood (including menstrual) • unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse • vagina
• semen • sharing needles • anus
• pre-cum • mother to child (in specific cases) • urethra in the penis
• rectal secretions • open cuts and sores (in theory)
• vaginal fluids • other mucosal membranes
• breast milk • points of needle injection
Hopefully this helped!

Sincerely,
Christina

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