Anonymous
Hi there

First, forgive me about my English. English is not my first language
Yesterday I did fingering activity with sex worker. After I left her place I checked my fingers and I found peel skin around the finger that I used in the activity. I went to pharmacy and I bought rubbing alcohol and when I cleaned the peeling skin area it burns. No bleeding but the skin was red.
I could not sleep last night thinking about the mentioned situation.
My question is am I at risk of HIV? If so, should I take PEP, I still within the first 72 hours.

Thank you for taking the time reading my question
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Anonymous
Thanks for contacting AIDS Vancouver Helpline, hopefully we can provide the information you're looking for.

It's unfortunate that you had a difficult night sleeping, hopefully this information will help.

To answer your first question, fingering is considered a Negligible Risk for acquiring HIV. This means that while in theory we can make a case, there has never been a confirmed report. in regards to the peeling around your finger, we consider this a No Risk because it does not allow direct access to the bloodstream.

In regards to PEP, it is most commonly used or prescribed for high risk activities. You could team up with your doctor as they would do an assessment if you are a candidate; however, on the information you've given us and considering the risk level of the activity you described, PEP would not be considered an option in BC.

I noticed you mentioned that this experience was with a commercial sex trade worker. It is important to note, here at AIDS Vancouver we focus less on the person and more the activity. In fact, commercial sex trade workers are often more versed on HIV and STI prevention and often get regular HIV testing.

Feel free to look at our website, [aidsvancouver.org](aidsvancouver.org), which has a transmission equation that will be able to help you for any other sexual activities you may have questions about. Also, if you live in BC, contact our Helpline and we can help you through our Health Promotion Management Program.

Thanks for asking such a great question, hopefully this helped and you will be able to get a good nights sleep.

Sincerely,
Christina
AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online
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