fingering and odd symptoms

Question

Hi,

So back in sept 2014 I had an encounter with a high risk female we had ptotected vaginal and prior I had fingered her as I am a chef cuts are common I am sure I had a small cut not bleeding but would sting if I was squeezing a lime, I fingered her maybe for two minutes now fast forward to march 2015 I've been having diarrhea yellow stool abdominal gurggling and soft pain as well fatigue and occasional night sweats which prompted me to get tested well I have two werks of agony now and need some peace of mind in the meantime I never got anh glu lime symptoms since sept however got a nasty chest cold in febuary, now there is snothef cook at work whose been having GI issues, mh anexiety ssys that maybe if I sm positive is it possible to infect him with high viral load in a kitchen setting? Or is it likely I am negative and he has passed some kind of infection on to me? My doctor says that the diarrhea is ibs sympyoms and stress anexiety related pleae provide me with reassurance!!!! This fellow cook has a family I'm sure he'd kill me if he knew and that was the cause.

Answer

Hi From what you have described HIV is not a possibility. You cannot get HIV through fingering. HIV transmission can only occur when there is a direct and prolonged exposure to body fluids, semen, vaginal fluid, blood or mother to child through breast feeding. This most commonly occurs through unprotected vaginal or anal sex and sharing of needles. Casual contact, sharing utensils, drinking after someone, etc are not way for HIV transmission to occur. If you go to this link HIV101 it will take you to our page that talks about the ways in which HIV is and is not transmitted. I would agree with your health care provider about the IBS. The only way to know for sure about your HIV status is to be tested, but again from the situation you described in your question does not pose a risk.

Be well and stay safe, Shannon