Anonymous
I want to confirm tha people say fingering is a no risk activity for hiv transmission if there are no open cuts or wounds I want to ask is this true and secondly I want to ask that recently I fingered a lady she was not a prostitute but my host and I had no visible cuts on my finger but I am worried because like I don't remember properly but if I had touched my penis after sometime so has this expose me to the hiv but I am sure that I didn't touch my penis immidiatelty minimum time would be I guess at least 2 to 3 minutes after fingering. Please help me out I am young guy of 20 years of age.
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Anonymous
Hi there, thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Online Helpline for HIV and AIDS related information.

To answer your question, no, you are not at risk for HIV whatsoever. Even if you had a cut on your finger you would not be at risk for HIV. A small cut does not provide access to the blood stream and therefore the virus cannot infect. Also, even if you touched your penis you would not be at risk. This is because as soon as the virus comes into contact with the air it dies, so by the time you touched your penis any virus on your fingers would be dead and unable to infect you.

We do however recommend that all sexually active individuals be tested for all sexually transmitted infections (STI's), including HIV, as part of continued health care maintenance and prevention.

I hope that answers your questions and alleviates your anxiety, if you have any further questions please feel free to contact us again.

In health,

Arne, AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
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