Anonymous
I had an encounter with a woman a couple of months ago in which she touched my vagina. I'm not sure if she had anything on her hands and she was mainly around my vulva. I'm not sure if her hand went any further as I was highly intoxicated, but I'm sure her fingers didn't go inside me. I took an oraquick hiv test 9 weeks after the incident and it came back negative. How accurate are those results? Was there risk involved in this incident?
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Anonymous
Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for you HIV/AIDS related health information.

It sounds like you are concerned about your risk of HIV infection after your vagina was touched. You are also concerned about the reliability of the OraQuick test that you took.

Fingering is considered a Negligible Risk activity. This means that it can present a potential for HIV transmission because it can involve the exchange of body fluids. However, there has never been a confirmed report. Here are some of the reasons why:

* HIV needs a human host to survive. Once HIV is outside of the body and exposed to oxygen it can no longer transmit. Any fluids that were on the woman's hand were outside of the body, exposed to oxygen and could not transmit HIV to you.

* HIV needs direct access to your bloodstream in order to transmit. There was no direct access to your bloodstream.


The OraQuick test is 99.8% accurate.


I would encourage you to check out the following resources about HIV:

  • Smart Sex Resource


  • HIV Basics


  • Risk Assessment Chart


  • Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

    Hilary


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