Anonymous
Hello
Thanks a lot for your great help.
To be as specific as possible here is my question :
I saw a csw. No penetration. Even masturbation was protected. We went into a soft domination game.
She cut me with her nails by scratching me. A little bleeding but no need to put anything on it.
3 weeks later I got sick with high fever sore throat. May be a bactery as it stand for 4 days with antibiotics.
What about if she had body fluids from her (self caresses) or previous men on her nails ?
Is this coincidence or do I need to test ?
Regards
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Anonymous
Hi there, thank you for contacting us at AIDS Vancouver we are happy to help!

It sounds as though you are concerned about your risk for HIV transmission after an encounter which involved being scratched by nails, resulting in a small amount of blood. Hopefully the following information can help put your mind at ease.

In order for HIV to be transmitted, there must be specific body fluids (eg. vaginal fluids, semen, blood etc. ) that come into DIRECT contact with the bloodstream through specific activities (unprotected vaginal/anal intercourse, sharing needles). For the activity that you described, there was no direct access to the bloodstream therefore it is not a risk for HIV transmission.

Even if there were some bodily fluids on her fingernails, as soon as the fluids were exposed to air they would not be able to transmit HIV. Furthermore, the small cut on your body would be considered a superficial wound and would not provide direct access to the bloodstream.

For this specific activity we would say that testing is not required. We do however recommend regular HIV testing for all individuals that are sexually active.

In regards to the symptoms that you are worried about, I would recommend to see your doctor/health care provider in order to get more information. We do not focus on symptoms of HIV because they often mirror other viral infections such as the flu.

Hopefully this information was helpful to you,

If you have any more questions please do not hesitate to contact us at the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

Sincerely,

Raveena

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