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Vaginal Touching

Jul 5, 1996

Can you get the HIV Virus from touching or inserting a finger into someone's vagina?

Response from Mr. Sowadsky

Although possible, this would be highly unlikely. The HIV virus must get into your bloodstream in order to infect you. If it does not get into your bloodstream, you would not be at risk. The skin on your hands is quite thick, and it acts as a good barrier against infection. The only time there would potentially be a risk is if there were fresh cuts or open sores on your fingers, where HIV would have an access to your bloodstream. By fresh cuts or open sores, I'm referring to a brand new cut, or opening... not an old cut that is healing over. I'm not aware of any specific cases that have been transmitted in this specific manner, but generally speaking, your risk would be quite low.

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

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