[Question #1675] HIV being fingered in anus / anal fissures

45 months ago
I went to a massage parlor and received a massage by an Asian woman. She remained fully clothed the whole time. I received a full body massage that ended with a handjob. During the handjob she inserted her finger and fingered my anus the entire time she masturbated me. She fingered it deep. I do have anal fissures that bleed sometimes after a bowl movement. I am worried that when she fingered me that she might have had a cut, scrape or nail pulled back and I am worried if there is a possibility that I could have acquired HIV.    This happened in December14.       January 13 I started with diarrhea and vomiting multiple times for 1 day. My stomach was cramped and hurt. I vomited harsh. The next day I had a fever that went to 101.5 .. the fever went away in 1 day and the vomiting also and diarrhea was gone. I did have a high pulse rate during the sickness.   I went to the clinic and they said a stomach bug was going around. I am just putting this incident back with the anal fingering and started to worry.   
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
45 months ago
Welcome to the forum. Thanks for your question.

Fingering and other forms of hand-genital contact (including anal) do not transmit HIV; there has never been a proved (or to my knowledge, suspected) case when someone acquired HIV from events like this. Further, the chance your massage partner had HIV is low, probably under one chance in a thousand. And I agree your symptoms are typical for garden-variety viral gastroenteritis ("a stomach bug"). HIV doesn't cause this as the only symptoms of new infection; the symptoms started too late; and they cleared up too soon (HIV symptoms would last at least a week).

Since you are worried, have an HIV test. Enough time has passed for a conclusive result with a 4th generation (antigen-antibody) test -- these tests are conclusive any time 4 weeks or more after the last possible exposure. This advice does not mean I believe you are really at risk. I do not. But anxious persons usually are more reassured by a negative test than by expert opinion based on probability or statitistics. If you decide to be tested, feel free to return with a comment to tell me the result.

I hope this information is helpful. Let me know if anything isn't clear.

HHH, MD

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45 months ago
I really dont want to go through the test. I just want to be able to have sex with my wife and not worry.  I just want to put this behind me.  
45 months ago
so there was no risk?       I can put this behind me.     I trust your expertise.   
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
45 months ago
For sure there was no risk, you can safely have sex with your wife, and can move on and put all this behind you. But if you find yourself continuing to worry about it, testing would still make sense. But it's certainly not necessary and if I were in your situation, I would not be tested.

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45 months ago
thanks,      i put it in my past.      I have guilt over it,.      I just dont want to do anything to put my wife at risk.  I know I learned not to go to those places.      
45 months ago
I have the sweetest wife and I never want to put her in danger, that is why I asked here.      I value your expert advise ..  I just needed assurance that HIV is not a possibility in this situation
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
45 months ago
Thanks for the thanks. I'm glad to have helped.

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