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Is fingering a risk
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Hi there,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the possibility of HIV transmission through fingering.

From the information given, this scenario is determined to be Negligible Risk (there is no evidence or no documented cases of transmission, however, there is a theoretical possibility of transmission under certain extenuating circumstances).

From the HIV Transmission Equation (see below), HIV transmission requires HIV particles in a bodily fluid (e.g. semen, pre-cum, vaginal fluids, etc.) to have direct access to the bloodstream through a High, Low, or Negligible Risk activity.

If there is no bodily fluid on the individual performing the fingering, there is No Risk as the first condition of this equation will not be met.

However, if there is one of the aforementioned bodily fluids on the finger that is contacting another individual's vagina, there is a possibility of HIV transmission due to the fact that we have a bodily fluid, direct access to the bloodstream, and a Negligible Risk activity. However, this risk is minor, due to the fact that HIV (contained in a body fluid such as semen, pre-cum, vaginal fluids, etc.) is extremely sensitive to the outer environment. Exposure to oxygen in an environment outside of the body causes HIV to undergo a rapid reduction in concentration (1). From the CDC, HIV that may be contained in a fluid (e.g. semen, pre-cum, vaginal fluids, etc.), has a rapid (within several hours) reduction in concentration of 90-99% (1), rendering it inactive.

Recommendation: There are no evidence or no documented cases of transmission. Refer to a healthcare professional for more personalised answers.

All the best,
AIDS Vancouver Online/Helpline, Shirley

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(1) HIV Environmental Exposure
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