Q. What are the possibilities of contracting HIV through skin peeling on my nail edge?

Answered by
Dr. Sushma Shah
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Dec 24, 2022

Hi doctor,

Last week I had protected sex with a woman. While that sex, there was a skin peeling on the edge of my nail. This peeling had occurred the day before sexual intercourse and got bleed. There was no bleeding during sexual intercourse, but there was a clotted wound. I did not put my finger in my partner's vagina. We did not have oral sex during sexual intercourse and there was no deep kissing. There was only a little kissing. My question is, can I get an HIV infection if the peeling on my finger touched my partner's vaginal fluid? Do I need to have a test? A week after sexual intercourse, I have a herpes infection on my lips. Is this a symptom of a disease?



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Protected sex means no risk. A little kiss may cause HSV (herpes simplex), herpes, and STD (sexually transmitted disease). You must be under treatment for herpes.

Take capsule Acyclovir 800 mg of daily after food. The actual dose is six times a day. But it is not possible to maintain. So consultation with a dermatologist is advisable. No test is required for HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). A test for HSV (herpes simplex) is required. Take IgG, IgM, and IgE from blood.

It is treatable but it is recurrent.

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