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Jul 21, 2002

Hi, I have been reading your responses to questions regarding transmission via vaginal fingering. Apparently there has yet to be a case of HIV infection through the hands despite the fact that many people have minor cuts or hangnails on their hands. Despite this I am a little concerned because i just had a brief encounter with a woman (I am male) who may be considered high risk. Contact included deep kissing, brief (5 seconds) mouth to penis contact, and fingering. Afterwards, I noticed a hangnail on my finger - the kind that if you squeeze your finger hard enough, blood comes out of the hangnail. Wouldn't such a hangnail provide a vialble route for transmission? Why or why not?

Response from Mr. Kull

It could be considered a small risk, but again, since there is no evidence of transmission through fingering (finger/hand contact with the genitals or rectum), the risk of transmission is negligible.


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