[Question #1599] HIV or an STD from Fingering (Rectum)

45 months ago
It seems like a silly question but I am having a hard time getting over it. I looked at the old Medhelp Experts Forum (Hunt & Handsfield) and the risk of contracting HIV or an STD from having your rectum fingered is @ zero. I am a male and was engaged in Frottage with another male (12/29/16)  when he started to massage my rectum (my underwear was on) with his finger (he was masturbating prior) and touched my penis.  He eventually got a little rough (fingering) and told him to stop and the encounter ended. I know the underwear was a barrier and his bare finger did not penetrate my rectum, but I need a little reassurance that this encounter was safe from contracting HIV or another STD or an STI.

The concerns I have are as follows:
Syphilis - can this be transmitted by a sore on his finger, would the underwear protect me in this event?
Herpes - can this be transmitted by a sore on his finger, would the underwear protect me in this event?

Pubic Lice & Scabies -  can this be transmitted by a  crab on his finger, would the underwear protect me in this event?
As a precaution measure for Pubic Lice should I use RID in advance ?

I am married to a women and we have unprotected sex, can I safely continue this or would wait to get tested?

Bottom-line if you were in my shoes want would you do ?

Thank you - I just need a little reassurance and direction !!!!!
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
45 months ago
Welcome to the Forum.  I'll try to provide the information that you request.  Masturbation is typically considered a no risk activity, even when participants get each others' genital secretions on one another during the activity.  There is a theoretical possibility that if a partner had a syphilitic or herpes sore on their finger and it was in contact with a partner's skin (including the rectum) that transmission could occur but I can tell you that in over 4decades of practice, reading the medical literature, meeting attendance, and answering patient and collegue's questions I have never heard of this occurring.  In your case, the theoretical risk becomes reality because STIs (including HIV) are not transmitted through cloth, even if the cloth becomes wet with genital secretions.  Thus you should have complete confidence that the exposure you describe did not put you at risk for any STI, including Syphilis, herpes, public lice, or scabies.  I would not worry a bit about this if I were you.

I hope this comment is helpful.  EWH
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45 months ago
Dr. Hook,

Thank you for your response. 

I assume you meant the "In your case, the theoretical risk becomes (NOT A) reality because STIs (including HIV) are not transmitted through cloth, even if the cloth becomes wet with genital secretions. Please clarify, I apologize for my OCD in this case.

I really want to feel safe having unprotected sex with my wife, "I would not worry a bit about this if I were you." - means Yes I can ????

I appreciate you answering my questions and providing me reassurance and direction !!!!

Thank you !!!!!!!!!!!!


Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
45 months ago

Thanks for your correction. I was typing in an airport.  The interposition of clothing, even wet clothing eliminated all risk of STIs, including HIV.

Yes, you should feel safe about unprotected sex with your wife.  eWH

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45 months ago
Dr. Hook,

Thank you very much for your help.

I wish you well wherever your travels take you !!!!!!!!!!!