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Eczema rash and fingering. Recently I went to go see an escort I'm not sure about her status with concern to stds. She gave me a handjob without a condom and at same time I was feeling her panties on the outside of her vagina. Sometimes I get eczema on my hands (I usually just get minor or mild eczema) and my left forearm. I don't know if I had eczema on my hands that particular day but my forearm did even though it wasn't bleeding or anything. Is it possible to het hiv if her vaginal fluids made contact with my hand as I rubbed her panties (not actual fingering) or if it got on my forearm. I understand I asked about fingering in my title if possible can you tell me the risks for future references? I did kiss her neck too but I believe that's not a risk. Thx for your time.

Thanks for your question.

When it comes to risks for HIV transmission, there are two types of risks, “Real” risks and “Theoretical” risks.

“Real” risks are the risks where we know the virus can be passed. They include unprotected vaginal and anal sex and sharing needles for injecting drugs.

“Theoretical” risks are those risks where theoretically the virus could be passed but where we do not see it happen. In other words, there are no confirmed cases where someone was infected this way.

Your situation would be one of those “theoretical” risks. There are a few things that would make it very unlikely for the virus to pass through the activities you have described:
- First, HIV is a very fragile virus and does not survive well outside of the body.
- Second, HIV needs to get into the bloodstream to cause an infection. When you are bleeding, the blood flows out of the body so it is difficult for the virus to do this.

In your situation, even if this woman had HIV, the virus would not survive long enough on your arm to cause an infection.

You also asked about the risks of HIV transmission during fingering. Again, this is considered a theoretical risk and is not how we see HIV being passed. Some people do choose to use latex or other medical exam gloves while fingering to reduce the chance of passing other STIs that can be passed this way.

Check out our Know your chances page to find out more about the possibily of HIV/STIs being passed through different activities

Please leave a comment to let us know if this answers your question or if you need more information.

Health Nurse

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This answer was posted on March 24, 2015

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