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HIV through fingering a Vagina

Jan 20, 2010 - 44 comments
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HIV transmission through fingering - inserting a finger into a vagina seems to cause a lot of anxiety worldwide.

Fingering is a zero risk activity as far as we are aware. There are no reported cases worldwide of people becoming HIV positive after fingering a woman with HIV.

People are generally very concerrned about the presence of tiny cuts on their fingers or around their finger-nails which they fear may pose an extra risk by being so called open wounds. An open wound is a cut which is freshly made and freshly actively bleeding. This does not mean an old healed paper cut for example. It does have to be 1) fresh and 2) open and bleeding. Even in this scenario, there is no evidence that it poses a risk with no reported cases worldwide.

The vastly most common routes for transfer of HIV are by unprotected vaginal or anal sex and then by sharing needles for injecting drugs and mother to child transmission during birth or breast feeding.

HIV transmission by fingering is not a risk.

However, it would be polite and very much more comfortable for the person to be fingered (the "fingeree") if the fingerer cut his or her nails and also used some lubricating fluid to make the entire excericse enjoyable for all concerned and less likely to injure the fingeree.

Remember that if you think you might have exposed yourself to HIV then the best approach is to test as soon as you are able. We know that testing and identifying new HIV positive people is very important in terms of their own health but also in reducing the chances of HIV spread to others. The biggest risk of HIV infection is through having unprotected sex with someone who has just become HIV positive.

If you do think you have been exposed then you should obtain medical advice regarding the use of Post Exposure Prophylaxis to reduce your chances of acquiring the infection. The earlier you do this the better.

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by geeunique, Feb 10, 2010
fantastic piece sir. absolute reasurance. but does me bieng in kenya .. change any detail about my exposure? last july fingered a prostitute very scared but after this i think i wasent exposed to any risk...

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by Vance2335, Feb 10, 2010
geeunique-This is not a Q&A section. If you want an answer post in the free HIV community or pay and post in one of the Expert forums.

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by stub1459, Oct 22, 2010
Hi, very nervous here regarding possible hiv exposure. Two weeks ago (10/09/2010) I had protected anal sex (I was the receiver). I put the condom on him, and the lube. The experience lasted maybe a minute or two. He didn't *** at all, and I stopped it because it hurt. I looked at the condom, there was no break or slippage of the condom. What has me also concerned, he fingered my anus with lube to relax the sphincter.
Question: Do I need to test when the time comes due to what I just told you? Since my anxiety is high, he know's I'm scared, He has told me numerous times already, he didn't ***, the condom was fine (no break or slippage) and he is hiv negative.

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by kandy0909, Jul 28, 2011
rubbing penis on the clit can spread penis or not??????

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by Kristin91684, Jul 29, 2011
No kidding. Scratchy fingernails are a bad idea-surefire way to guarantee no more intimacy!

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by art334, Jul 30, 2011
i was at a strip club few days ago and i got a dance where the girl pulled my penis out and performed som oral sex but from what i remember she rubeed her vagina against me too, is there any risk of catching hiv? or something like that

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by happy2991, Aug 03, 2011
Maybe yes, because she was of unknown HIV status. So you might get HIV if she was HIV positive too.

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by kandy0909, Aug 04, 2011
rubbing penis on the clit can spread hiv ,std ??????

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by vikram222222, Aug 29, 2011
hi i m from india ,recently i had gone on a trip to thailand(pattaya) ,got involved with a sex worker from uzbekistan she brushed and took bath properly before coming to bed started with some toungue kissing ,no oral jobs ,the moment i inserted my penis with in the minute i felt there is something wrong with the condom i took it out it was torn from top i replaced it and finished it ,even after lookig at torn condom she was at peace,this all happened on 25th august tell me what are the risks and when and what should be the name of the hiv test i should go for plzz help me, is kissing also a risky thing   plzzzzzzzz help

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by sinapsi, Aug 29, 2011
Dear Doctor I Live in Italy, The day 8 July I have had a sexual relation with a prostitute preceded by a long and deep cunnilingus. You had very liquid vaginal and I have also swallowed some she liquid.  There has been later the vaginal penetration with use of the condom. Many Italian doctors say that the prolonged cunnilingus is a practice to risk of infection hiv. I don't believe to have hurt in mouth and her it was not with the menstrual cycle. Many Italian doctors say that the prolonged cunnilingus is a practice to risk of infection hiv. Later around 40 days I have made the test combo for antibodies hiv and antigen p 24 that results negative. Some say that can be calm because I have not contracted the infection. Instead others say that I must repeat the test to 90 days and also to 120 days. Do I now ask to her thing I must do? Can I be calm of not averecontratto hiv or me I must repeat the test to 90 days as they say? In the future as I must behave myself for the oral relationships and particularly with the cunnilingus? Must I use a protective layer to lick the vagina of the woman as many they say? Thanks for your answer!

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by sinapsi, Aug 29, 2011
I have been sorry but I don't know why my question is inserted in this section. The best regards!

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by CallunaRose, Sep 11, 2011
This is good to know...I just started getting involved with someone who is HIV positive and there were some things that I was unsure of. I know to use a condom, but I was unsure about fingering. Um...what about eating out? I doubt that'll happen since it's not my favorite thing, but I am curious. Thanks.

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by Durapills, Sep 18, 2011
Fingering is safe, good to know.

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by notachancebod, Sep 27, 2011
CallunaRose;

'eating out' ?  i'll go for logic here and assume that you meant oral sex - this is a no real risk activity.

if you actually meant eating out for food type stuff then unless you happen to be a vampire you're pretty safe :)



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by simon2333, Dec 14, 2011
can you get hiv from barber shop or sharing clipper

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by miaowu007, Jan 08, 2012
Very good,but doctor,is PROTECTED sex (with a girl) is 100percent NO RISK?

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by rony181, Jan 11, 2012
my friend got an anti hiv test done  3 months after her last exposure.she has been non reactive.is she fine? or is it too early to confirm wether she is fine?

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by joelmaru, Feb 26, 2012
Hi

I had sex the other day. N my condom broke. I was out in literally 2 seconds. I have taken an injection and 1 tablet from a medical center after speaking to a doctor. He said i have very little chance of getting infected by STD or HIV. Theorotically yes but do i need to have a penetrative sex to get HIV or even STD. Please advice

Regards

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by romeonjuliet, Mar 12, 2012
You guys need to think with your head and not with ur F*****G D**K!!! OMG! WOW! A man dies the way he lives! Think people!

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by helpmepls1980, Apr 19, 2012
Dear Doc.,

On March 24th, when I was in a business trip in Yangon Myanmar, I called massage service in the hotel. During the massage, the lady provide masturbation  to me with lube oil, and I inserted my middle finger into her vagina for about 5 minutes.

After the massage, I was aware that there is a big and deep gap between my nail-root and the skin, as you know, usually there should be a connection, but maybe for the dry and cold Winter, the connection between my nail-root and skin disappeared, in addition, the skin above the nail root was inflamed at thai time with touching pain. With niddle I can lift the skin and see the red flesh in the gap.

On April 9th, 16 days after the high risk behavior,  some symptoms appeared to me, including overall body bone &muscle ache, slight throat sore, slight lymp node and continuous enterorrhea. When such  symptoms appeared, I started to measure my body heat with mercury thermometer, but the oxter temperature never over 37.4C0, it was around 36.8 to 37.3 from April 9th to 14th.

On 3rd, 10th and 14th of April, I had regular blood test, the result is like below, the ratio of LYM shows I had viral infection, in according to my doctor's opinion:
the lym ratio in these three days is: 35.7%, 33.9%, 46.9%, and the normal range is 20-40%.

Today is 20th of April, 27 days past since the high risk. I am so scared and nervous now. This thesis of yours is the only support to me to continue my normal life. I am going to do the test on the 42nd day, it will be on 6th of May. But till now so many symptoms appeared and they are so similar to HIV infection, especially the overall bone ache, so serious and now I still can feel it on my shoulder.... and the enterorrhea still continues. Some doctors in my country said the bone ache is one of the most important symptoms in HIV infection period.

I am nearly becoming insane! Doctor, your theory of fingering is a 0 risk behavior is the only support to me now. I do not know what will happen when I go to test 15 days later, no matter what happened, I will report my result to you. God bless me not to be the first one infected by fingering in the record!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so scared and nervous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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by helpmepls1980, May 05, 2012
Dear doctor,

I am going to do the test tomorrow. Good luck to me! God bless me not to be infected!

Since 9th of April, such symptoms appeared: Low tempearture fever, overall body joint-pain, neck and back muscle ache, lymp nodes on neck and under oxter, slight sore throat, diarrhea for two weeks. When these symptoms appeared, the thesis in your blog and the answer from the forum are the only supports to me to insisted in these days, thank you. I have reported the detailed situation in my abve post.

And tomorrow I am going to have the test, Good luck to me!!! Good luck to me!!!!!!



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by shail123, May 19, 2012
hey what happen with ur test i m sure it will be negative

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by rs1984, May 30, 2012
Does this apply to being fingered anally?

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by dtp344, Jun 28, 2012
hello doctor ,, i have recently being exposed with a sexual worker , 3 day later i develop  strep pharyngitis , culd be hiv  ARS ,, i read an articl e where they say that  ARS could appear early as 3 days ,and that worried ,,

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by dtp344, Jun 28, 2012
dr ,my personal dr dignose me  strep pharyngitis like i say in other question , but he only look at  ,dont do any cult ,, can be posible it is viral pharyngitis ,,i have to  go again to ask for a cult ,,, ,,,?

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by Ginika, Sep 03, 2012
Please help am very scared it happens to me i has a wound last night. Then the next day  on my way back frm work i met a sex worker during making love with her i forgot i has a wound on my finger and i inserted in her virgina. My question now is would i be infected with HIV please i need ur reply SIR

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by Phorisis, Sep 08, 2012
Thank you, Doctor, for your fantastic job and for your repeated reassuring answers concerning everyone!

Et puisque vous êtes polyglotte, je me permets de vous remercier en français pour vos messages rassurants.

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by ravikrishan_jrk, Nov 15, 2012
sir,
  we stay in hostel on may 20th one day hostel warden finger cut off when blood is coming he wend to water filter and he put his finger and blood drops fall in water, we dont know he having hiv aids we drink that water atleast 10 drops entered in water little bit we boiled water and drink, wheather we get hiv or not be frank give the fact answer. i dont mind ever doctor told that we get hiv 5member drink that water. plz give me reply

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by sharukh_999, Jan 08, 2013
Hi DR, why is HIV not spread from kissing in lips with cuts , is it due to saliva , do we have saliva in lips?

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by elicia300, Jan 25, 2013
i,m having a sexual relationship with my lover, it been above 2 years, we r of same age, 19yrs now. my question is is there a chance of HIV, we never contacted with anyone else...

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by Jigson, Mar 17, 2013
Does nobody read even a single word before they just start hemorrhaging anxiety? THIS NOT FORUM!  JOURNAL!!!

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by nagaraju564, Mar 22, 2013
hi ,
i am from india , i inserted my finger into prostcute veginal ,before that we took bath each other  with soap, but my finger skin was scratch but not bleeding blood, it looks like red skin with small hole.  morinig i am worried then i taken her to hospital for hiv test they done Enhanced chima luminasecne HIV test, report shows she is not affected(HIV-non reactive).
but i am worried about if she affcted past 2 months. does it show in the report,
pl suggest me quickly

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by nagaraju564, Mar 22, 2013
Please Dr or any one ans for below query, i am not getting ans from this site,
i am awting any one replys

hi ,
i am from india , i inserted my finger into prostcute veginal ,before that we took bath each other  with soap while bathing i puted my finger into the vegina for nearly 30 seconds , but my finger skin was scratch but not bleeding blood, it looks like some layer opened and it looks like red skin with small hole(if i prees forcely  some liitle blood comig) and i suck her  breast  and the next day  morinig i am worried then i taken her to hospital for hiv test they done Enhanced chima luminasecne HIV trest, report shows she is not affected(HIV-non reactive).
but i am worried about if she affcted past 2 months. does it show in the report,
pl suggest me quickly

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by wolex328, Jun 16, 2013
wolex from nigerian, i had unprotect sex with a sex worker, the middle nigth of that day my body stating to hot, the second day my i was notice something is working on my penis, and i am purch, after 3 weks i went to do hiv test, the test is negative, but know am still feeling somethig dat working in my penis, this 32day, what shoud i do

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by qm115, Aug 21, 2013
dear Doc.
I had foreplay with massage worker but i was wearing condom,and i didn't just insert my penis 1 cm in her and for seconds , is there any risk?

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by sree750, Sep 19, 2013
sir ,
iam sree , iam 23 yr grl . iam doing masturbation from my childhood, but not insert fingers into vagina just rub it externally.  now iam going to slim and some pimples occur on my vagina portion only, is a  problem dr. iam tensed pls rply , help me sir

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by daudchaudary, Mar 07, 2014
Hi. I have been reading this forum and find it very informative.

I have a question. I have known a lady for almost 7 years now. She is married with 4 kids and is a house wife.Before engaging in sexual act, I got her tested for STI's for below and got the results.
TPHA - Negative
Anti HCV - Negative ( Method used CMIA)
Anti HIV - Negative ( Method used CMIA)
HbsAg - Negative ( Method used CMIA)
When we engaged in sexual encounter, she sucked me off for like a minute or so without condom, before penetrating her vagina with my penis, i inserted my finger inside her and felt some small hard bits. Upon removal of the finger i saw it was blood clots and blood. Later she told me she had done intentional miscarriage two weeks before as she and her husband were not planning to have another baby and she got pregnant unintentionally and that next day she got her monthly menstrual flow. I inserted my penis in her vagina by using condom but during intercourse i lost erection and became semi erect and continued to pump her in the same way. When i removed my penis, the condom was covered with blood and clots. As far as i remember, the condom didn't tear during the complete process. But when i removed the condom, I noticed some blood on the start point of my shaft, a few moments later i checked inside the condom to ensure whether the blood reached my tip but i couldn't find any traces. I washed my penis thoroughly with water and we called it a day.
My question is, am I at risk of contacting HIV? Should i get tested? If so, when should i go for testing, this encounter to place in third week of Feb'14.

Your response in this regard will be highly appreciated.

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by ilkyroy12345, Mar 07, 2014
i met a male guy couple of weeks ago.He intially gave me a handjob for about 2-3 minutes,after that we kissed each other,i mean we exchanged saliva for about 50-60 secs,i had a cut on the upper lip,it was due to cold and chapped lips,i think his saliva touched my cut couple of times.after that he gave me an *******(unprotected) for about 40-50 secs,i didnt ***,i pulled my penis out from his mouth and placed it at his anus,i didnt insert it,i just kept it their,before i could insert it,i was about to *** and i removed my penis and turned towards other side and cummed.After that we both slept.That guy recently told me that he was hiv +ve of around 5 months.I have had mild flu,little headache and body aches after two weeks of the exposure.no body rashes or swollen lymph nodes.
Whats the chance that he might have transmitted that to me?
is their a risk involved?
should i get tested?

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by Latinothing, Apr 02, 2014
I am a gay male who had sex with another gay male so we had sex I bottomed .Before we had sex when he was hard he had pre *** so I put lubricant over his pre *** & rubbed it all over his penis then he put the condom then with the same hand still wet from the pre *** I rubbed more lubricant with the same hand still wet on his penis with the condom on  then about 30 seconds later he penetrated his penis inside my anus with condom on when we were done I checked if the condom hard broken but it did not break as soon as I checked my anus I had a little bit of blood because of a hemorrhoid that I have em I at risk of hiv?and how high of a risk? I'm panicking so bad

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by Feng_Chin, Apr 11, 2014
HIV like most other STDs are transmitted through blood, saliva, and sexual fluids. If the HIV infected person's (one of these three) came into contact with a opening in your body you are at risk. Unless the infected have a cut on their finger going in somewhere or You have a cut in your mouth that could've come into contact with those three. If you have made contact you are at risk

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by andre16, Apr 28, 2014
buenas tardes mi pregunta es la siguiente y desde ya agradeceria su contestacion::tuve sexo tres veces con una chica k segregaba mucho flujo vajinal,hubo sexo oral de ella hacia mi pero despues todo fue con sus condones correspondientes y sin romperse,el miedo mio es el siguiente entre acto de sexo y sexo o sea en el tercer acto yo apoye mi pene en su cola y empuje y enseguida senti k toco con sus fluidos pero me levante enseguida a lavarme con jabon y champu y en otro momento cuando retomamos los juegos previos ella se estaba tocando su vagina y con la mano k estaba mojada con fluidos la apoyo en mi pene al descubierto y otra vez me levante muy deprisa a lavarme y despues me puse el condon y tuvimos sexo ...¿¿¿hay riesgo de hiv por esas faltas o cuando me lave rapido el riesgo paso y en otro momento yo metia mis dedos en su vagina que probabilidades existen xq estoy muy asustado????

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