[Question #738] Fingering Fresh Cut

55 months ago
Hi I was in a massage parlour in Houston and I fingered a girl who hiv status unknown, the problem is that when I finish fingering I realized that my finger has clotted blood, not from her vagina but from my finger, I don't know if it happen before the act or in the act, then 2 days later a scab forms in my finger which made me worry. So please can you answer me if I had a risk.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
55 months ago

Welcome to the Forum.  We get many questions of this sort.  The activity you engaged in is a form of masturbation and masturbation is safe sex in terms of risk for HIV and other STIs.  This is the case even if you have a fresh cut on your finger at the time you masturbated your partner.  There are no cases of HIV which have been acquired by masturbating a partner despite that fact that this has been carried out with HIV infected persons millions and millions of times and in many cases by persons with cuts on their fingers or problems with their nail cuticles- still no risk. 

In your case, not only was your masturbation of a partner a no risk activity but in Houston, the fact that your partner was if unknown status means that statistically there is almost no risk that she had HIV.

Please do not worry about this event. There is no reason for concern and no reason for testing related to this event.  EWH

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55 months ago
Thank you Doctor hook, but can I tell my why, because if it had bleeded at that time, and came contact with vaginal fluid, will hiv enter, because I wouldn't worry about this but after 2 days a scab forms which worried me a lot, a scab forms when dermis is damaged, that what worried, and after 6 days, I had a swollen lymph node in my neck, no other parts involved, just my neck. Thank you 
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
55 months ago
I understood this from your original post.  This was still no risk however.  When you start to bleed the blood is coming out, not into your body.  These sorts of things happen regularly yrt no one has never gotten an
HIV infection in this way.  

The swollen lymph node in your neck does not suggest HIV.  

Please don't worry.  No risk and no need for testing related to the event you suggest.  EWH
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55 months ago
Doctor, can I ask you a question did one guy got infected from fingering, because in 2013 at medhelp, there is one guy who was chatting with u, said he got infected from fingering with activity bleeding wound or a possible brief penetration, do you think he got infected via fingering, that made me worried.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
55 months ago
I am not sure of the post you are referring to. I am NOT aware of any persons who have ever gotten HIV from masturbation (including fingering) of an infected partner. My statement is based on personal experience, reading the medical literature, and attendance at professional meetings dedicated to HIV.  None!  EWH
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55 months ago
http://www.medhelp.org/posts/HIV---Prevention/Fingering-Frottage-Potential-Penetration-during-menstruation/amp_show/2003141
55 months ago
So Doctor hook, do you think he got infected by fingering or possible brief penetration.
55 months ago
http://www.medhelp.org/posts/HIV---Prevention/Fingering-Frottage-Potential-Penetration-during-menstruation/amp_show/2003141                                   

So Doctor can you please tell me if it is possible he got infected via fingering or brief penetration.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
55 months ago

If you read this entire thread, you will note that this person did have penetrative sex with his partner.  You will also note that in that post both Dr. Handsfield and I said that we had never seen another case where there was possible infection resulting from masturbation. that is still the case.  Further, the CDC and other authoritative sources continue to list mutual masturbation as safe sex.  If this person was infected by the exposure he mentioned, it was from penetration, not masturbation.

Our Forum guidelines call for up to three replies to each question. This is your 4th reply.  There will be no more replies and the thread will be closed later this evening.  EWH

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