Anonymous
hi,

yesterday i have put my fingers inside HIV positive women's vagina, and with same hand immediately i tried to put condom on my penis, i have touched my penis's sensitive skin with same fingers, am i at a risk of HIV or STD???

Please help me i am really worried.... Please..
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Anonymous
Hi there and thanks for reaching out to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline. My name is Colin and I'm happy to answer your question.

I understand you are concerned about the possibility of acquiring HIV after fingering an HIV positive woman's vagina. I hope the information I can provide can put your mind at ease.

Right away I can tell you that any kind of fingering or "digital stimulation" is considered a negligible risk activity meaning that while it is theoretically possible to make a case for transmission via this route, it is never known to have actually happened before. For there to be a successful transmission of HIV there must first be HIV present. Next there must be an exchange of bodily fluids with direct access to the bloodstream. Additionally, and important in your exposure, when exposed to the air for even a few seconds, HIV is immediately rendered non-transmissible meaning it can no longer be passed on from person to person.

Even though your question is about the fingering, I should mention that protected vaginal intercourse (which is what I assume you did after you put on the condom) is considered a low risk activity. This means that while rare, transmission has been known to occur via this method and because of this we would recommend testing for this exposure and regular testing for all sexually active people.

Depending on where you are, most commonly-administered tests will give you a good indicator of your status about a month after your exposure and any test you take at or after 3 months (12 weeks; 84 days) post-exposure will be considered conclusive.

I hope the information I've been able to provide has been helpful to you. Feel free to post again if you'd like any more information or clarification.

All the best,

Colin

AIDS Vancouver Helpline
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