Anonymous
Hi, I am spending sleepless nights after the incident happened to me.
I visited an escort 1 week back. She was from Congo (Africa ). I did finger her with my index and middle finger.
Later after an hour, i noticed a small papercut (2mm length)on my index finger, at the root of my nail. When I saw that it was not bleeding but get hurt when i pressed it. I am afraid that it , might happened during fingering. I did not saw any blood on my fingers while fingering, so I take this that the girl was not in her periods or her vagina was not bleeding.
Am I at risk of HIV transmission, if the cut happened during fingering?. Please help me.
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Anonymous
Hi there and thanks for reaching out to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline. My name is Colin and I am happy to answer your questions today.

I understand you are concerned about the possibility of acquiring HIV after noticing a small cut on your finger after fingering your partner. I hope the information I can provide will be helpful for you.

Right away I can tell you that this was a negligible risk exposure. This means that while it is theoretically possible for HIV to transmit via this method, it is never known to have actually happened in the real world. For there to be a successful transmission of HIV, there must first be HIV present. Next there must be an exchange of bodily fluids with direct access to the bloodstream. Also, an important detail in your exposure is that when we are discussing cuts or injuries as the potential entry point for infection, the wound must be very severe. Our rule of thumb is that if the injury isn't actively bleeding heavily and requiring medical attention and/or stitches, then it is not significant enough to allow direct access for HIV. Given that it sounds like these conditions weren't met during your exposure, you can consider your risk to be *very very* low.

That said, here at AIDS Vancouver, we recommend HIV and STI testing for all sexually active people. If you are in Canada or the USA, I would encourage you to check out [ASO411](https://aso411.ca/) or the [CDC's Get Tested website](http://gettested.cdc.gov/) respectively to find the best services and facilities for you.

I hope the information I've been able to provide has given you some peace of mind. Please feel free to post again if you'd like any more information or clarification.

All the best

Colin

AIDS Vancouver Helpline
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