Anonymous
PLEASE help and advise with regards to the below exposure. I would be sincerely and deeply grateful.

1) I finger pricked myself with a lancet device to check my blood glucose. I am not a diabetic, but still like to occasionally check my blood glucose just to stay informed about my blood sugar levels. After 24 hours (1 day) of this finger prick test, I had an exposure with a commercial sex worker whom I fingered, in her vagina with the SAME finger to pleasure her which I had pricked 24 hours ago. This was the ONLY type of exposure I had with her (fingering her to pleasure her) . Please advise :

A) what are my chances of contracting HIV ?

andb) whether I should get tested for HIV ?


2) For non diabetic people, how long (minutes? hours? days ?) does the finger pricked with lancet take to heal (I mean that finger prick hole to close again and become a barrier for any infection or virus like HIV to go through) ?

Anxiously awaiting your reply to the above two questions. God bless. Thank you so very much.
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Anonymous
Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the risk of acquisition of HIV from fingering after 24 hours of finger prick test. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be Negligible Risk There are no evidence or no documented cases of transmission. However, there is a theoretical possibility.

In order to contract HIV the following conditions must be met:

1) There must be HIV present in a bodily fluid. The five bodily fluids that carry the HIV virus include: blood, semen (including pre-ejaculate), vaginal fluids, breast milk, and rectal secretions.

2) The bodily fluid containing HIV must have direct access to the bloodstream. This can be through cuts, tears, rips, mucous membranes, open sores, or needles.

3) Transmission occurs through a risky activity in which the first two conditions are met. For example: condom less sex, sharing needles, unsafe tattoos or piercings, vertical transmission–from mother to child (in utero, during delivery, breastfeeding).

The above scenario posse a Negligible Risk because it does involve the exchange of body fluids.

Finger pricks with a lancet usually heal spontaneously within minutes in non diabetic people and do not pose a threat for HIV infection. In the above scenario the overall risk of contracting HIV is negligible.

Recommendation: There are no evidence or no documented cases of transmission refer to Physician for more personalized answers.

Regards,
AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, (Vardah)

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