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fallchild
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I just got home from a fetish night at a club. For fun, I suggested to my friend that she should scratch me because she has long fingernails. I expected her to leave red welts, but instead she dug in, HARD, and dug actual chunks of skin out of back. I freaked out a little because I had bleeding, open wounds in a filthy, smoky club, so I quickly got them covered with band-aids. When I got home I washed the cuts with warm water and Dial soap and let them air dry. There are only two or three places where she actually broke the skin.

So...my question is, am I at risk for any blood-borne illnesses from this incident? Something that makes me squirm is I'm worried she might have scratched other people and drawn blood before she scratched me and I'm really scared I have crawlies from someone else in my system now.

Please let me know if there's anything I should do other than washing the wounds with warm water and soap. I'm really nervous.

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Heather
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Whenever you engage in something like this where there is blood exposure and a wound, there is going to be a risk of bloodborne infections. Obviously, with any wound, there's always a risk of bacterial infections.

From here on out, understand that if you are asking someone to engage in play with something like scratching and biting, you need to consider it fluid-sharing and blood-sharing from a sexual health perspective. That's stuff you really want to share for partners where you have been together monogamously for six months, know you have both had screenings, and also engage in basic safety like handwashing first.

If you're going to engage in play like this, you're going to want to educate yourself about safety practices as well as real negotiation and consent. Obviously, too, you want to try to only choose partners for any kind of sex play who have this same awareness, and when you only want light scratching, you need to make that clear before playing.

So, what can you do now? Keep those wounds clean, and use a topical antibiotic on them, like Neosporin. Then, in a couple of weeks, go ahead and get new STI screenings, including a new HIV test. If you're not current with your Hepatitis vaccination, hop on that, too. None of those things are to say you absolutely will get something from this, but rather that risks have been present, and this is how to manage them after the fact.

[ 06-29-2008, 03:55 AM: Message edited by: Heather ]

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fallchild
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Thank you for the reply Heather [Smile]

Yesterday I spoke to my friend who did the scratching and told her the risks I had been exposed to. She said that her and her boyfriend had a negative STI/HIV test in March, and I know for a fact that they've been monogamous since then. This made me feel a lot better. After knowing this is another STI/HIV test needed? I'm just wondering.

I will be calling my doctor today to see how much a Hepatitis vaccination would be, and as for the wounds they have stayed covered with bandages and Neosporin.

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