The risks involved in fingering

You don't run any risk of getting HIV through fingering unless there is blood, sperm or precum (preseminal fluid) on the finger. STIs can be transmitted by fingers. Reduce the risk of transmission by washing your hands and fingers.

No risk of getting HIV

  • On it's own, fingering carries no risk in terms of HIV. However, if there is sperm, blood or precum (preseminal fluid) on the finger that goes inside, HIV could possibly be transmitted. But even then, the risk is often minor. The HIV virus will not survive very long once it's outside the body. Only STIs such as gonorrhea, chlamydia or genital warts will survive long enough outside the body to form a real risk of transmission by means of fingering.

Risks in terms of STIs

  • STIs including gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis can be transmitted from a person's mouth, penis or anus by means of fingers.

Reduce the risk:  

  • Make sure that no one gets precum (preseminal fluid), blood or sperm inside you via his fingers.
  • Make sure everyone's finger nails are clipped and filed to prevent damage to the anus and  rectum.
  • Don't finger your partner with the same finger that you have used or will use to finger yourself or another partner.
  • Wash your fingers in between with soap and water and remove any lube.

 

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