Hangnail Transmission through Vaginal Contact
Mar 7, 2002
Dear Dr. Ryan, Last saturday I had sex with the girl I have been dating for the past month. We used condoms during intercourse, but during oral sex we did not. I performed and received oral sex. I am most worried though that while I was 'fingering' my partners vagina I notice a small hangnail on my finger. It was unhealed and a little red from where it had been open (bleeding) earlier in the week. Two days after we had sex I became very short of breath (was unable to take a full breath of air) and had a general feeling of malaise. I also saw a few floaters in my vision. Is it possible that I may have contracted HIV? I know my new girlfriend has had multiple partners and I am unsure if she has practiced safe sex in the past because we have never talked about it. I always practice safe sex but I am still very worried. Any advice or diagnosis would be much appreciated. Thank you.
Response from Mr. Kull
It is highly unlikely that you become infected with HIV when performing oral sex on a woman, and even more unlikely when you insert your finger into your partner's vagina.
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