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What Are the Risks From Fingering?

August 23, 2016

As there is no exchange of body fluids when someone puts their fingers (or their fist) in another person's vagina or anus, it's pretty much implausible for HIV to be passed on. There has never, ever been a documented case of HIV transmission through fingering or fisting.

Theoretically, there could be a possibility of transmission if the skin of the inserted finger or hand had cuts or wounds. But these would need to be large or deep, and bleeding rather than scabbed over, for HIV transmission to be plausible.

A more real risk is that if fingering or fisting is done without sufficient care or lubrication, it could cause small tears in the lining of the vagina or rectum, potentially increasing the risk of HIV transmission during subsequent penetrative sex (if condoms aren't used).


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In addition, our Q&A experts sometimes address questions about fingering in our "Ask the Experts" forums. Here are some of those questions and our experts' responses:

  • fingering with sperm on finger
    He fingered me while I masturbated, but after the fact, I realized that he might have touched the cum on his stomach and accidentally slipped his fingers into my ass.
  • HIV risk from fingering and oral sex
    I had an experience in a strip club, where I fingered one of the ladies. I didn't have any cuts on my fingers. I've been feeling very uneasy and anxious about this.
  • fingering and masturbation
    I have done a very stupid thing and I am very worried as I'm getting married next month. I went to a sex worker and I fingered her vagina. When I wash my hands afterwards I noticed a small cut near my nail; could HIV be transmitted this way?


  
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