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Fingering concern

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worrier:
I recently had protected anal sex with a partner of unknown status.  I am sure that the condom remained on my penis for the entire time.  I am concerned however because the partner inserted his fingers into my anus and he probably had lubricant on his fingers that had been on the condom that had been in his anus.  I have read the welcome message, but the passage on fingering seems to focus on the risk to the insertive partner.  I am concerned about being the receptive partner.

I plan on testing in 12 weeks, but I need help in assessing my risk.

Thanks.

Ann:
worrier,

Fingering is not a risk for hiv transmission, whether you are the fingerer or the fingeree. You did the right thing and used a condom and I see no reason to be concerned about this incident.

While you do not need to test over this specific incident, anyone who is sexually active should be having a full sexual health care check-up, including but not limited to hiv testing, at least once a year and more often if unprotected intercourse occurs.

If you aren't already having regular, routine check-ups, now is the time to start. As long as you make sure condoms are being used for intercourse, you can fully expect your routine hiv tests to return with negative results. Don't forget to always get checked for all the other sexually transmitted infections as well, because they are MUCH easier to transmit than hiv.

Ann

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