Anonymous
Dear

I usually eat the dead tough skin around my fingernail, Once I had a skin tear in my index about 1 or 2 mm there was no bleeding but the inner layer of the tissue, I don't know what I need to call it? when I squeeze it some white fluid comes out without a blood, it is not a pus it is just fresh fluid from the inner skin, after 12 hours I met a girl I don't know whether she is infected with HIV or no and I did fingering for about a minutes then suddenly I remove it and I used my other hand's finger and after that about a minute I used an alcoholic spray and start to spray on the skin cut on my fenher,

now almost 2 weeks and I get a flue like only sneezing with rhunitis.
Does this practice transfer HIV? do I need to get tested? and if it does, Does PCR RNA test is enough to give me a clear result.

Thank you
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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 your question for you.

This is a no risk situation. To understand why, we encourage you to check out our transmission equation:
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
You'll see that required for transfer are all of a fluid known to be involved in transfer, an activity known to be involved in transfer, and direct access to the bloodstream. Not only is fingering not an activity known to be involved in transfer, but there is no sufficient access to the bloodstream provided. The small cuts on your hand are not large enough to allow the virus access to your bloodstream. For these reasons, this is a no risk activity.

If you've never been for an HIV test, we'd encourage you to go. We at AIDS Vancouver recommend routine HIV testing for all sexually active individuals. While testing is not required in this case, it's important to realize that most tests have a 3 month window period during which a positive individual may test negative. You need to wait at least 3 months after an activity to know for sure whether a transmission occurred or not. The NAAT test (testing for RNA) is a sufficient test.

As for the symptoms you are experiencing, we at AIDS Vancouver are not healthcare providers, so cannot comment on them. However, HIV infections are never diagnosed based on symptoms alone, simply because the symptoms of an HIV infection are quite common to many other common medical conditions. Testing is the only way to diagnose an HIV infection. If you're concerned about any symptoms you're experiencing, we'd encourage you to see a healthcare provider.

Thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline with your question, we hope it has been answered fully.

Trevor

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

helpline.aidsvancouver.org
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