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Can STD Be Contracted Through A Minor Cut On The Finger During Sexual Activity?

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Posted on Tue, 26 Mar 2019
Question: I got another Dr. opinion here but would like to make absolute certain as I'm married.

I was touched from a strippers hand to my penis. I did not cum and I have no sores and saw nothing on her hand.

In addition I fingered her and she did felt wet and I do sometimes bite my fingernails and could have had minor cuts.

Should I have concern for any STDs or STIs?

Some medical sites say absolutely not as do some Drs but some sites say therotically possibe??!! What gives?


One site for fingering or hand job says not commonly passed this way unless partner has infection at that site! Is this even correct?

And does that mean a woman's vagina could infect a mans hand? And could a woman's hand truly infect a man through his penis? Does this truly happen or is it simply theory?
Thanks
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Answered by Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
The risk is quite low.

Detailed Answer:

Hello,

Regarding transmission from the strippers' hand to your penis the risk is almost zero. There would have been some risk if she (or both of you) had a cut and infected blood came into contact with the mucosal surface of your penis.

Touching the vaginal mucosa and vaginal fluids does pose some risk (very low though) if the fluids come into contact with your mucosal surfaces (your mouth for example). The risk for HIV is very close to zero but other STDs may be possible like herpes, syphilis, gonorrhea, etc. HIV dies very soon after leaving the body, so indirect transmission is possible but rare.

Diseases like herpes do not require visible lesions in order to be transmitted so a vagina with healthy appearance does not exclude the presence of herpes virus in it. Other diseases (like syphilis) require visible lesions for transmission - either the ulcer that occurs 3 weeks after infection or the pimples that appear in secondary syphilis (untreated syphilis that went beyond the first stage).

Regarding your questions about fingering and hand jobs, there is some risk but it requires certain conditions to be fulfilled. For example: a healthy finger cannot contract HIV without a cut in the skin. Herpes is possible though.

You've got to understand that the main mode of transmission is sexual contact or blood to blood contact. Other forms of contact do carry risks but the risks are low (or even negligible in some cases). A woman's hand may indirectly infect a man but this applies only for certain pathogens (definitely not HIV).

So in conclusion, the risk is quite low but it's not zero for some STDs.

I hope you find my comments helpful! Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis
Internal Medicine Specialist
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis (13 minutes later)
Ok hand to my penis virtually zero from stripper.

But, if I fingered her but touched no mucosal services would that be virtually zero too?

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Answered by Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis (6 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Yes

Detailed Answer:

Hi,

The answer is yes for all STDs except herpes which can be transmitted to skin (herpes gladiatorum). Contracting herpes without visible lesions is rare but viral shedding makes it possible. This means that a person with herpes may have low virus activity without visible lesions from time to time and may transmit the virus to other individuals.

Hope I have answered your query.

Regards,
Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis
Internal Medicine Specialist
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Can STD Be Contracted Through A Minor Cut On The Finger During Sexual Activity?

Brief Answer: The risk is quite low. Detailed Answer: Hello, Regarding transmission from the strippers' hand to your penis the risk is almost zero. There would have been some risk if she (or both of you) had a cut and infected blood came into contact with the mucosal surface of your penis. Touching the vaginal mucosa and vaginal fluids does pose some risk (very low though) if the fluids come into contact with your mucosal surfaces (your mouth for example). The risk for HIV is very close to zero but other STDs may be possible like herpes, syphilis, gonorrhea, etc. HIV dies very soon after leaving the body, so indirect transmission is possible but rare. Diseases like herpes do not require visible lesions in order to be transmitted so a vagina with healthy appearance does not exclude the presence of herpes virus in it. Other diseases (like syphilis) require visible lesions for transmission - either the ulcer that occurs 3 weeks after infection or the pimples that appear in secondary syphilis (untreated syphilis that went beyond the first stage). Regarding your questions about fingering and hand jobs, there is some risk but it requires certain conditions to be fulfilled. For example: a healthy finger cannot contract HIV without a cut in the skin. Herpes is possible though. You've got to understand that the main mode of transmission is sexual contact or blood to blood contact. Other forms of contact do carry risks but the risks are low (or even negligible in some cases). A woman's hand may indirectly infect a man but this applies only for certain pathogens (definitely not HIV). So in conclusion, the risk is quite low but it's not zero for some STDs. I hope you find my comments helpful! Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis Internal Medicine Specialist