Anonymous
I fingered a virgina for a prostitute. The problem is that i have been feeling some neck pains but when i check or touch to see if i have swollen lynmphnodes there are not there. before fingering i should have been biting my nails probably two hours before. So just in case i had some cuts on my finger which i did not notice would i contract HIV? Are these symptoms of HIV? I have read where you are saying that a supperficial cut does not pose a risk so what is a supperficial cut and what is an active open cut? After fingering though i did not see any blood on my finger and the virgina was a bit dry because i did not see any fluid on my finger. The fingering was also just for a minute or less while she was giving me a hand Job. I hear this is a negligible risk please explain to me what this risk is and what extenuating circumstances i can contract HIV from this scenario.
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helpline-volunteer
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 with a hand that may have had some cuts on it.

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).

With regards to the neck pain that you are experiencing, it is nearly impossible to attribute this to HIV. Symptoms of HIV present differently from one person to another and many symptoms of HIV are identical to other illnesses, such as the common cold/flu. One's HIV status cannot be determined without testing confirmation.

As for the differences between a superficial and deep cut, a superficial cut is one that "does not involve fat or muscle tissue" (i.e., leaves the deeper skin layers intact) and is not bleeding heavily (1). An example of this may be a paper cut. A deep cut or open wound on the other hand is "an injury involving an external or internal break in body tissue" (2). Examples of these are abrasions, lacerations, punctures, or avulsions. 

With regards to your risk assessment, the extenuating circumstances that would facilitate HIV transmission in this scenario would be if you had a profusely bleeding cut that permitted HIV particles from another individual (in this case vaginal fluid) to have direct access to your bloodstream (see below). Since this did not appear to be the case, this is why you have a negligible risk of HIV.

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

Best regards,
AIDS Vancouver Online/Helpline, Shirley

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Additional Resources: 
(1)  Lacerations (Cuts) Without Stitches
(2)  Open Wound
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