[Question #5306] Cut HIV risk

24 months ago
Hello,

I asked a question similar to this a while ago and wanted to know if any of the research/opinions have changed.

I had 2 small hangnails/cuts on my fingers.  They were a few hours old.  Would I be at risk for HIV, If any precum came in contact with those hangnails/cuts?  Or is it still zero risk?  Should I get tested over this incident?  

Thank you 
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
24 months ago
Mutual masturbation, including situations in which a person might get infected genital secretions from a partner onto their hands, with or without cuts, scrapes of hang nails continue to be classified as safe sex with no need for testing or concern.  Please understand that at this time, with an epidemic that is now almost 40 years long, that perhaps someday, someone will become infected through such as an exposure as a chance event, just as someday somewhere someone might be struck by a meteorite falling from space.  the odds of either are so incredibly low that they are not a reason for worry or concern.  Please don't continue to worry about such events.  EWH---
24 months ago
Thank you.  Your answer is different then when you answered me previously.  Before it was ‘no risk’.   
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
24 months ago
You are over interpreting this.  My answer is still no risk from any rational perspective.  Do you really worry about being struck by meteorites?   EWH---
24 months ago
Would it matter if when pressed one of the hangnails/cuts weeped clear liquid?
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
24 months ago
Absolutely not.  If there were qualifications, I would have told you.

As you know, we provide up to three responses to each question. this is my third response.  Just to be clear, I think you are worrying entirely too much about this sort of exposure.  As you acknowledge, your questions are somewhat redundant.  I have done my best to reassure you but it seems to have little impact.  I  must also remind you that we reserve the right to not respond to repetitive, anxiety-driven questions without return of your posting fee.  This policy is done out of concern for our clients, nothing more.  Little is gained for you or for others who may read the thread in an effort to better understand HIV/STI risks by asking the same questions repeatedly.  Your questions fall into that realm.  I trust you will understand.  EWH
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