[Question #2887] Concerned about my son.

40 months ago
doctors
Hi, I'm really worried about my son.
My son was involved in a situation with prostitutes, the situation was that after a night of drinking he took them to his hotel room, he touched his vaginas and he did not remember if he put his fingers in them, he did not have sex of any kind. My son suffers from sinusitis and that day his nose was bleeding due to an internal cut and he is touched a lot and my fear is that he has incerted his infected fingers with vaginal flushing in his bleeding nose after touching the vaginas of them.
I am very distressed by this situation and I ask for your help answering my questions in the most explicit way and explaining more about this type of contact and their experiences and knowledge.

This is a risk situation for HIV and why?

Should he perform tests for hiv?

Are there reported cases of this type of contact?

The virus can survive outside the human body and travel through his fingers to his bleeding nose?


I will appreciate your response I am a mother who has already lost a daughter.
Thank you
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
40 months ago
Welcome to our Forum.  I'll be glad to comment.  The situation that you describe was an entirely no risk event in terms of risk for HIV.  First, most people, even commercial sex workers, do not have HIV.  Second and perhaps more importantly, HIV is transmitted ONLY through direct, penetrative sexual contact or injection of infected material deep into tissue.  HIV has NEVER been infected through kissing, touching (even masturbation with insertion of the fingers into the vaginal of an infected partner) or transfer of infectious material/secretions from an infected genital site to the eyes or nose on a person's fingers.  Thus there is no risk to your son for infection and there is no need for testing.  That he may have had a nose bleed at that time does not change this.

This is a risk situation for HIV and why?
See above.

Should he perform tests for hiv?
No testing is needed for these events.

Are there reported cases of this type of contact?
Never

The virus can survive outside the human body and travel through his fingers to his bleeding nose?
No, HIV does not cause infections in this way.

I hope that these comments are helpful to you. EWH
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