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please answer! i can't stop worrying!

Jul 25, 2001

ryan, i'm worried about HIV transmission. my boyfriend fingered me and i'm worried that i may have HIV. his hands were unclean and may have (unknowingly) touched something that had infected (dried-up or wet) blood or other fluids on it. is there any way that HIV transmission is possible? i've been worrying constantly!! please, please reply!!

Response from Mr. Kull

There is no evidence that HIV has been transmitted through fingering in the history of the epidemic. Transmission is possible if fresh, HIV infected fluids were on the finger that was inserted into the vagina or rectum. Is that likely in your situation? Do you know your partner's status? Will knowing his HIV status help you with your anxiety?

HIV is known to be transmitted sexually through vaginal, anal, and oral sex. Any other route of transmission is theoretical only, if not extremely unlikely and rare.

Please see the response to "What are the risks from fingering someone?" (http://thebody.com/sowadsky/faqs/faq1.html#fingering).

RMK



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