[Question #438] Cunnilingus & Associated Risks
36 months ago
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
36 months ago
Welcome to the forum. Thanks for your question. Thanks as well for reviewing other threads on this forum. You have correctly analyzed your own situation and I'm sure have correctly predicted my response.
I am not familiar with the Sandyford clinics, but after a quick look at their website, it seems the provide highly expert STD and other sexual health services, primarily for teens. I'm willing to bet the clinician(s) you saw have as much expertise as we moderators on this forum. In any case, I certainly agree with what they apparently told you. This was a no risk event in regard to any and all STDs. No STDs are ever transmitted by fingering or other hand-genital contact, regardless of cuts and nicks on the fingers (or so rare that any theoretical risk can be ignored). And cunnilingus also is extremely safe, expecially for the oral partner. There has never been a proved case (or to my knowledge, even a claimed case) of HIV transmission either by fingering or cunnilingus. And the chance of other STDs is almost as low.
For those reasons, I agree that any testing to be done is stricly for reassurance, not because of any significant risk. I would also point out, however, that for HIV you didn't really need to wait 3 months, assuming Sandyford offers the 4th generation ("duo", "combo") test for both HIV antibody and antigen, which is conclusive any time 4 weeks or more after exposure. (That said, some providers have a more conservative view of it. I don't know Sandyford's slant on it.) But if any other testing is done, such as HSV, 12 weeks is appropriate.
So all is well, no worries. You can expect negative results on any and all tests. In the chance something is positive, you and the Sandyford clinician will have to address other potential exposures that you haven't mentioned.
I hope this has been helpful. Best wishes and stay safe!