Anonymous
I have a question regarding HIV transmission from fingering a vagina with a cut on a finger. I fingered a CSW for a couple of minutes with what I deemed a fairly deep cut maybe 4mm deep - more than just superficial but did not require stitches. It was a day or two old and was not bleeding at the time. Is there any reason that I need to get tested because of this?
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Anonymous
Hi there and thank you for reaching out to AIDS Vancouver with your questions. We're happy to help! It sounds like you're concerned about whether or not fingering with a partially healed cut is any cause for concern.

To start off with, fingering is considered to be a negligible risk situation, meaning that while it is theoretically possible to acquire HIV in this scenario, there has never been a confirmed report. Now, in order for a cut or wound to be able to transmit or acquire HIV, the cut needs to be gushing blood and require immediate and professional medical attention. Your cut does not match this description, and your risk level is still considered negligible. Here is a copy of the HIV transmission equation to help further your understanding:

HIV TRANSMISSION EQUATION


BODY FLUID
+
ACTIVITY
+
DIRECT ACCESS TO BLOODSTREAM
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• blood (including menstrual) • unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse • vagina
• semen • sharing needles • anus
• pre-cum • mother to child (in specific cases) • urethra in the penis
• rectal secretions • open cuts and sores (in theory)
• vaginal fluids • other mucosal membranes
• breast milk • points of needle injection
I hope I was able to answer your question, and feel free to contact us with any further concerns.

Regards,

Sierra, Helpline Volunteer

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