Anonymous
I found out someone whose anus i fingered was HIV+. While i had no open, bleeding wounds, i tend to get very dry around where my cuticles meet my fingernails, and get a lot of cracking around the corners/cuticles of my fingernails, sometimes a little bleeding, usually in a constant state of semi-healing cracked skin. Is there any risk here?
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Anonymous
Hello and thanks for reaching out to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline. It sounds like you are concerned about your risk of HIV transmission after having fingered the anus of an HIV positive individual.

Fingering is a Negligible Risk activity. This means that activities in this category have a potential for HIV transmission because they can involve an exchange of body fluid, but, there has never been a confirmed report.

HIV needs direct access to the bloodstream to transmit. The superficial cuts/cracks on your fingers would have to be deep enough to require stitches in order to provide direct access to the bloodstream.

I would encourage you to check out the following resources for more information about HIV:

  • Risk Assessment Chart


  • AVERT.org


  • Smart Sex Resource


  • Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

    Hilary

    AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

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