Anonymous
Couple of days ago, I had a brief encounter with a woman that I don't know well. While I did not engage in any high risk activity (like penetrative sex), I cuddled her and briefly touched her vulva (for couple of seconds). Should I be worried? 
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helpline-volunteer
Hi there,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the possibility of HIV transmission through vaginal fingering.

From the information given, this scenario is determined to be of Negligible Risk (there is no evidence or no documented cases of transmission, however, there is a theoretical possibility of transmission under certain extenuating circumstances). 

According to the HIV Transmission Equation, HIV transmission requires HIV particles in a bodily fluid (e.g. vaginal fluids, blood, semen, etc.) to have direct access to the bloodstream through a High, Low, or Negligible Risk activity. The reason why fingering presents a Negligible Risk is that there exists a possibility of active and bleeding cuts on ones fingers, which may provide a passageway into the bloodstream to HIV positive fluid. However if you did not have any bleeding wounds, or only had small superficial cuts, then there is not a risk of HIV transmission from this scenario.

Recommendation: There are no evidence or no documented cases of transmission. Refer to a healthcare professional for more personalized answers.

Best regards,
AIDS Vancouver Online/Helpline, Shirley


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