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Possible saliva on fresh scratches
Jun 23, 2008

Hi Dr. Bob,

I have searched the archives but cannot find a previous Q/A that matches what I am worried about. I had an encounter with another guy who wet his fingers before he proceeded to rub my penis. After about a minute the guy used the same hand to stimulate me analy. During this I did feel his nail scrathing me inside my anus and I do suffer from heamorrhoids.My question is : if the saliva that was on his fingers had not dried completely before he inserted his finger in my anus,wouod I be at risk from any bleeding scratches? Please help Doc. I am worried sick.

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hi,

Actually there are lots of responses posted in the archives that answer your question! Just search for "saliva" and you'll find many responses all stating that from an HIV perspective, saliva is not considered to be infectious, unless it contains visible HIV-positive blood. Consequently, scratches or no scratches, hemorrhoids or no hemorrhoids, saliva without visible blood would not be considered an HIV-transmission risk. As always, if you are worried, a rapid test at the three-month mark will provide an accurate result. However, I do not feel HIV testing is medically warranted for what is essentially a non-exposure.

Be well. Stay well.

Dr. Bob



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