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Offline TaQues

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cuts and hiv?
« on: May 16, 2015, 04:12:35 AM »
hello guys ..i cut my knuckles on the fridge trying to put something that wouldnt fit inside and i got 2 cuts on my knuckle that are about 3mm long ,thin and i dont know how deep they were but they didnt require medical attention and i didnt put anything to cover them up since they didnt bleed that much..shortly after i cut my knuckles about 5mins later i went out of the house and met my bestfriend who is +ve and we fist bumped with the same hand with the cuts and then he started walking besides me and kept hitting my knuckles with his own knuckles just for fun i did not really think much about this until i got home and checked my cuts and saw a little blood on them so i became worried because my friend is always a busy bee gardening fixing stuff feeding the animals at the farm so i went to see him and took a look at his knuckles and indeed he too had little cuts on the back of his hand ,the knuckles and inside his hands i asked him when he had those cuts and he said today meaning that same day i got my cuts and he actually laughed saying "i always have cuts"..i didnt express my concerns to him because i didnt want to offend him or anything ....do you think that the above exposure puts me at risk for contracting hiv since both our cuts were fresh and its a possibility his blood got on my cuts and do i need PEP or to stop having unprotected sex with my boyfriend btw me and my boyfriend get tested every six months and we stay together thats why we have unprotected sex..your opinion and help will be so greatfully appreciated

Offline Joe K

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Re: cuts and hiv?
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2015, 06:08:00 AM »
HIV is far too fragile of a virus to be spread in the way you describe.

The risk factors for HIV are ...

Sharing IV drug needles immediately after use.
Unprotected anal and vaginal sex.
Mother to child during or shortly after birth.
Very specific health care situations.

Use condoms for vaginal and anal sex consistently and correctly and you will avoid HIV infection, it is that simple.

You have not had any risk at all and you do not need to test over this incident.

Joe

Offline TaQues

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Re: cuts and hiv?
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2015, 04:20:09 PM »
thank you very much for that info i really appreciate it i have one more question when it is said that you cant get hiv from environmental surfaces what if the environmental surface had sharp edges and it pricked me ..today i visited some friends and took an ice cream plastic container and i pricked myself at the opening of the container and i noticed it had wet blood on it i am not sure if it was mine or not and it had been about 10mins after another person had touched the container...if this blood wasnt mine does this count as a risk  since i was pricked or i am now paranoid and too anxious about nothing?

Offline Joe K

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Re: cuts and hiv?
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2015, 04:39:21 PM »
HIV is not transmitted by casual contact with anything.  The virus is simply too fragile.  The risk of transmission happens when the virus never leaves the bodies of the individuals involved, such as during unprotected intercourse.  The virus does not survive outside the host and you cannot get HIV other than through the vectors that I previously mentioned.

Joe

Offline TaQues

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Re: cuts and hiv?
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2015, 11:49:37 AM »
thank you very much you really helped me alot...i hope i dont agitate you by asking this but i need to know for educational purposes since i like walking in the neighbourhood bare footed is stepping on.discarded needle considered an hiv risk should people be careful when walking??or should they require PEP after stepping on a discarded needle since sharing sharp objects is a risk?once again thank you for your help..

Offline Joe K

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Re: cuts and hiv?
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2015, 12:05:30 PM »
Stepping on a needle could be a risk, depending upon the type of needle.

Joe

 


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