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Fingering The Body: Rick Sowadsky M.S.P.H., C.D.S, Answers to Safe Sex Questions
Feb 3, 1997

Are you aware of any case of infection with HIV due to vaginal fingering? What about if a person bites his fingernails and has a tendency to tear the skin around the cuticles Thanks for you help!

Response from Mr. Sowadsky

Hi. Thank you for your question.

Fingering is considered low risk for HIV. I am not aware of any cases of anyone becoming infected with HIV specifically through this activity. If there are fresh open cuts on the fingers, there would be some possibility of infection. However, since most of the time people don't have fresh open cuts on their fingers, this is generally considered a low risk activity. For more information, please see the questions, "fingering and transmitting hiv", and "Fresh Cuts and HIV". nor other types of casual contact.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the Centers for Disease Control at 1.800.232.4636 (Nationwide).



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