[Question #259] Fingering a female

36 months ago
Sorry to ask what may be simple for you. I visited a strip nude club and fingered only a female stripper. There was no blood present from her that I could see but one of my fingers used may have had a very small cut near the nail. I washed my hands afterwards. No other skin to skin or any other contact. I What is the percentage likelihood of any disease? And, given that you have seen so many things have you ever had a case of any disease from only this activity. Thank you for your service.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
36 months ago

Welcome to our Forum.  I'll be pleased to comment.  The activity that you took part in falls into the larger category of masturbation and masturbation is consider safe sex, even if the person you were masturbating did have an STI of any sort, including HIV.  The presence of a small cut on your hand or finger does not change your risk at all- still zero.  In over 30 years of STI-focused practice, I have never seen a person acquire an STI from the sort of activity you have describe above.  There is no reason for concern from the exposure that you describe and no need for testing of any sort.  you are in the clear. 

I hope my comment is helpful to you.  EWH

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36 months ago
Dr. Hook or Dr. Hansfield,

As Dr. Hansfield pointed out I paid for another question but did not ask any follow ups...I actually paid for three questions but only asked two with no follow ups. So, I'll be brief, by the way its wonderful the service you both provide. I agree that you both provide similar answers but I am still struggling with Dr. Hook's no risk and Dr. Hansfield's no risk or implied low risk...I'm a black and white guy which may be my problem{my wife says it is} But, I just want to be 100% sure I do not pass on something to my partner of 41 years..given my tiny possible cuts from fingernail bitting and my activities described would you YOURSELF given my description have sex with your partner and not get tested?? Thanks and I will not bother you again but I am appreciative of your council. Best Regards.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
36 months ago
I understand your concern- if something were to happen it would be awful.  That said however, I am quite comfortable with the answer I provided.  In science, we can never say never- thus I suppose there is a chance that you will be struck by lightening while reading my reply but there is no realistic chance that this will happen.  The same is true for the sort of exposure you describe.  Maybe someday, somehow someone will become infected through the sort of exposure you describe but that is just not a realistic possibility.  I absolutely wound not get tested if I were in your situation and do not recommend it for you.  I hope this helps.  EWH
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