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Jan 24, 2003

Dear Ryan

I know this is might sound very basic or even stupid question, but i have some doubts about it and need to ask - i went out with prostitute and during foreplay i have used my fingers to masturbate her (not more than 10 seconds). After this we immediately stopped and nothing else happened. I do not have any open or fresh wounds on my fingers, but i do ocassionally bite my nails and skin around them a little bit (not to extend that bleeding would arise). Please let me know if there is any chance that i might get infected by this activity.

Appreciate your help on this.

Best regards

Response from Mr. Kull

HIV is not known to be transmitted through fingering or masturbation. HIV is only known to be sexually transmitted during anal, vaginal, and oral sex (mostly to the person performing oral sex on an HIV infected male).

In order for transmission to be possible, infected fluids (like blood, semen, or vaginal secretions) need to have direct contact with mucous membranes (the lining of the vagina, rectum, mouth, urethra) or access to the bloodstream (primarily through sharing injection needles). If this doesn't occur, then you shouldn't be considering yourself at any real risk for infection.


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