Anonymous
Hello, I had anal sex as a receptive partner, he used a condom, however I saw a little blood tiny bit, and worried that although he used a condom and lube, my anus was damaged I may have been infected as he did also finger me…
I am really scared and concerned about this situation. Please let me know what you think.
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Anonymous
Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for your HIV/AIDS related health information. It seems you're concerned about the possibility of HIV transmitting during an encounter. We're happy to answer this question for you.

First off, it's great you decided to use a condom for your encounter, as condoms substantially reduce the risk of transmission of HIV and other STIs. Because you used a condom for your encounter, the situation is classified as being low risk, meaning that while transmission is possible, required are specific conditions (like the condom breaking, for example). It doesn't sound like that happened. Him fingering you without a condom would not increase the risk of transmission, even if there was blood involved. To understand that last point, check out our transmission equation. You'll see that required for transfer are all of a fluid involved in transfer, an activity known to be involved in transfer, and direct access to the bloodstream:
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
Thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline with your question. We hope it has been answered fully.

Trevor

AIDS Vancouver Online Helpline

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