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Offline mcafee

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Cut on hand
« on: April 11, 2010, 08:32:17 PM »
Hi.  I came here several years ago after not being so smart.  The moderators were great and I tested negative.  I have been careful ever since but made a stupid mistake a couple of days ago.

I got a paper cut on the end of my finger that bled and then fingered a stripper (unknown HIV status) about 12 hours later.  I inserted my finger into her vaginal tract once and spent the rest of the time (about 6 or 7 minutes) rubbing her clitoris.  The cut is on the side of the finger I used.  This is one of those nasty little paper cuts that doesn't heal quick.  I poured alcohol into the cut today and it stung after a couple of seconds which makes me conclude that it has not healed and viruses could get in there.

Please assess my risk.  I have one day left if I need to go on PEP.  I read the lesson but am still not so sure about the cut since it was pretty fresh and had bled.  I just don't want to get down the road and end up kicking myself for not pursuing PEP when I had the chance.

Thank you for the help.

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: Cut on hand
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2010, 08:51:10 PM »
No, you do not need to go on PEP. Absolutely not!

Fingering is not a risk for HIV transmission, no not even if you have a fresh cut of the sort you have described. HIV is a fragile virus. It requires a particular kind of receptive setting to be transmitted successfully. Unprotected vaginal and anal intercourse provide that kind of setting. A cut does not. Even if the woman you were with is HIV+, the vaginal secretions which could have HIV+ are far up in the cervical area and not where you would have been fingering her. I've never known of a case of transmission through fingering and you aren't going to make history by becoming the first from a paper cut.
Andy Velez


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