Anonymous
HI i am Jack. i was worried about my exposed.
my exposed is involved with CSW and without any sexual intercourse and body rub. but what i concerned is my finger got touching the csw vaginal surface but just touching the hairy part only. i was not remember weather i got sore or finger cut or not but after the incident i faster go to wash my hand but it look normal. so in this situation, am i in the risk ?
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Anonymous
Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for you HIV/AIDS related health information.

It sounds like you are concerned about your risk of HIV transmission after fingering a Commercial Sex Trade Worker.

First of all, Commercial Sex Trade Workers are no more likely than anyone else to be HIV positive. It is for this reason that on this forum we focus our risk assessment on the activities performed, and not the individuals involved in performing them.

Fingering is considered a *Negligible Risk activity. This means that it can present a potential for HIV transmission because it can involve the exchange of body fluids. However, there has never been a confirmed report.** Here are some of the reasons why:


* HIV needs a human host to survive. Once HIV is outside of the body and exposed to oxygen it can no longer transmit. This means that any vaginal fluids contained HIV that remained on your hands, were outside of the body, exposed to oxygen, and could not transmit HIV to you.

* HIV needs direct access to your bloodstream in order to transmit. There was no direct access to your bloodstream. Superficial cuts, such as a small cut on your finger, simply does not provide the conditions necessary for transmission to occur. For superficial cuts to potential provide direct access to the bloodstream, they would have to be actively bleeding and in need of stitches or surgery to repair. From what I understand, this was not the case in your situation.



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

  • Risk Assessment Chart


  • Smart Sex Resource


  • HIV Basics


  • Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

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