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Experience:  MD Grad Jefferson Medical College 2009. Internal Med intern 2010 & Radiology residency 2011. Husband & father of two.
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What is a negligible or theorically risk?

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What is a negligible or theorically risk?
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: HIV and AIDS
Expert:  Daniel Sheibley, MD replied 4 months ago.

A negligible or theoretical risk means that it is incrediby unlikely but still within the entire realm of possibility. It is possible but incredibly unlikely. The best analogy I can think of is that it is theoretically possible to flip a quarter in the air and have it land and say perfectly balanced on its side rather than land heads or tails. It is a negligible possibility but it is theoretically possible.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
What is negligible risk in HIV
Expert:  Daniel Sheibley, MD replied 4 months ago.

That it is 0.001% likely or even less of infection.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Is fingering with cut a risk because many doctors told me it's not
Expert:  Daniel Sheibley, MD replied 4 months ago.

No that is not a risk. You need not have any worry.

Expert:  Daniel Sheibley, MD replied 4 months ago.

Did I answer your question to satisfaction?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Even if it's fresh and bleeding little . It's a small cut , 2 days later a scab formed.
Expert:  Daniel Sheibley, MD replied 4 months ago.

Yes. Negligible risk. Youll be fine.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
but can you define that because 5 days after the exposure I had a painful Swollen lymph node for a month, no other symptoms
Expert:  Daniel Sheibley, MD replied 4 months ago.

You wouldn't develop symptoms of HIV that early after exposure. That is not related to any exposure to HIV

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Do you think I need to test, and can you tell me why it isn't a risk
Expert:  Daniel Sheibley, MD replied 4 months ago.

It isn't a risk because of the type of body fluid you came into contact with. And no you do not need to test. Only blood to blood contact would put you at risk.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
but caginal fluid was on my cut
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Vaginal fluid was on my cut
Expert:  Daniel Sheibley, MD replied 4 months ago.

Yes and that does not transmit HIV. Nor does saliva.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
How does that not transmit, because in unprotected sex vaginal fluid does transmit, but why finger is not
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
How do sex transmit HIV if vaginal fluid doesn't transmit
Expert:  Daniel Sheibley, MD replied 4 months ago.

In unprotected sex it is transmission from semen into any small tears/cuts in the vaginal wall or anus (during anal sex). It is not transmitted by vaginal secretions.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Ok how does man get affected by unprotected sex
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
it says in the internet that vaginal fluid carries HIV
Expert:  Daniel Sheibley, MD replied 4 months ago.

If the woman has a tear in her vagina and the man does too and blood mixes. Male-Male sex has the highest risk of transfer, next male-female, then a female catching it from a male during vaginal sex, then a male catching it from a female during vaginal sex and then females catching it from other females during sex

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
But why does the Internet and doctors say that vaginal fluid carries HIV
Expert:  Daniel Sheibley, MD replied 4 months ago.

was this a scratch on your finger or an actively bleeding wound. If there was no bleeding you're fine by all accounts.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
I told that it was a scratch and bled little
Expert:  Daniel Sheibley, MD replied 4 months ago.

You don't have to worry about this. You are at such an incredibly incredibly low risk of contracting HIV through this exposure.

Expert:  Daniel Sheibley, MD replied 4 months ago.

you do not need to be tested because of this.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Do you recommend testing or not
Expert:  Daniel Sheibley, MD replied 4 months ago.

You do not need to be tested.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
What wounds are of great concern, is it only deep wounds or what
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Because my cut was little bleeding, it didn't bleed a lot
Expert:  Daniel Sheibley, MD replied 4 months ago.

Yes which you did not have, so you need not be concerned

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
What do you consider a deep wound
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
What wounds are of great concern
Expert:  Daniel Sheibley, MD replied 4 months ago.

something that is actively bleeding at the time of exposure

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Will I told that my cut was little bleeding, so it is actively bleeding
Expert:  Daniel Sheibley, MD replied 4 months ago.

SO your fingers were actively bleeding at the time you were involved in sexual activity?......

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
but it is a small cut that bled a little, I told you when we start this conversation
Expert:  Daniel Sheibley, MD replied 4 months ago.

You do not have to worry about this risk at all. That is all the help I can give.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
You told me that vaginal fluid doesn't carry HIV and that it needs blood to blood exposure
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
But why, you just said actively bleeding cut and my cut was bleeding little
Expert:  Daniel Sheibley, MD replied 4 months ago.

You don't need to be tested. If you want to out of over concern to be tested then sure. If you were actively bleeding into someone else's vagina you should tell them too and they should be tested if you don't know your hiv status as well

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
if my cut was actively bleeding I should test but I should tell my partner, but why
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
I mean if I was actively bleeding I shouldn't test right Doctor but I should tell my partner, but why
Expert:  Daniel Sheibley, MD replied 4 months ago.

If your oozing blood into someone's vagina you need to tell them. I don't know why someone would put a finger that was dripping blood into someone's vagina but that is what you're saying.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
But I shouldn't test right even if it's bleeding little
Expert:  Daniel Sheibley, MD replied 4 months ago.

If you're actively bleeding then both get tested and put this to rest

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
But you just said that I shouldn't test and now your saying I should test, is it a risk for me
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
I told you that my cut was small and it didn't bleed a lot, it bleed small drops
Expert:  Daniel Sheibley, MD replied 4 months ago.

Yes because I couldn't in my wildest imagination concieve that someone would put a bleeding finger into someone's vagina. If you'd scratched yourself, bled a tiny bit but then stopped and then had a sexual encounter you're not at any risk. But if you're inserting a finger that is dripping blood inside someone else who may or may not have some small cut inside their vagina then yes you shokuld BOTH get tested.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
But you just said vaginal fluid doesn't carry HIV, only blood to blood exposure, her vagina doesn't have blood
Expert:  Daniel Sheibley, MD replied 4 months ago.

Yes but do you know for sure she didn't have any cuts... even a drop from fingering? I can sense you won't feel any resolution until you get tested.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
But why do cuts in vagina is a risk
Expert:  Daniel Sheibley, MD replied 4 months ago.

Because cuts mean blood. Just both of you get tested. And never again stick a bleeding finger or other appendage into another person. Makes no sense. And it seems you knew better than that since you're so concerned right now.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Yea but her vagina doesn't have any blood in it, because when I stocked my finger, there was not a single blood insider her, just fluid
Expert:  Daniel Sheibley, MD replied 4 months ago.

A single drop of blood can spread around and be undetectable. Just both of you get tested.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Ok but did you see anyone in the world get infected with fingering
Expert:  Daniel Sheibley, MD replied 4 months ago.

No

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Ok what if my cut was fresh and bled 10 minutes before the act, and can you please tell me does a cut heal immediately or not
Expert:  Daniel Sheibley, MD replied 4 months ago.

I feel this is a prank question I"m sorry. People do this on this website just to burn through people's time.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
How is this a prank, I'm asking you a question
Expert:  Daniel Sheibley, MD replied 4 months ago.

Yes and the fact that someone would put a bleeding finger into someone's vagina and then be concerned about it after the fact is just totally confusing. If you had stopped bleeding then no i would not be worried at all. If you were still bleeding then yes both of you get tested. THat is my final answer.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
even if paper cuts that bleed is a risk for fingering
Expert:  Daniel Sheibley, MD replied 4 months ago.

If it has not stopped bleeding and you get it in contact with blood from another infected person then yes.