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Syphilis risks
Recently I was at a gay health club and engaged in some mutual masturbation, including fingering the man's anus.  my hands did not have any open cuts, etc, except for a very small cut that was scabbed over on my knuckle. The scab was still intact after the incident. After the incident I quickly washed my hands.  I am now worried about contacting syphilis due to the fingering, is there any real risk of getting syphilis on my fingers and hands?
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239123 tn?1267651214
Welcome to the forum.

Syphilis is rarely if ever transmitted by hand-genital contact, fingering, etc.  Given the cut on your finger, I cannot say the risk was zero -- but it was awfully close to it.  Without penile-vaginal, -anal, or (rarely) -oral penetration, you can assume no risk and no need for testing.

I hope this helps. Best wishes--  HHH, MD
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