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demiang:
hello doctors, i would like to ask you this question: a guy (unknown hiv status) sneezed the other day on my hand. i really don´t know if there were blood on his snot, but after i washed my hands i realized i had a fresh wound on my hand.
please i need to know how many chances do i have to get infected. does the virus dies at the same time it leaves the body? or does it reamains alive a few minutes or seconds? this thing happened on the outside, it was a cold night.
do u know any case of transmission like this one? i´m staring to get paranoid coz i read a lot of stuff on the internet and some people says there´s a risk and other says there´s no risk at all.
can i get my life back or should i wait for 3 months and do the test?
thanx in advance!

Ann:
Demiang,

There is absolutely NO way you'd become infected with hiv through the situation you describe. NO WAY.

Hiv is a fragile, difficult to transmit virus that is primarily transmitted INSIDE the human body, as in unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse where the virus never leaves the confines of the two bodies.

Once outside the body, small changes in temperature, and pH and moisture levels all quickly damage the virus and render it unable to infect. For this reason, you cannot become infected with hiv from someone sneezing on you, whether or not there was blood in his snot. NO WAY.

Here's what you need to know in order to avoid hiv infection:

You need to be using condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, every time, no exceptions until such time as you are in a securely monogamous relationship where you have both tested for ALL sexually transmitted infections together.

To agree to have unprotected intercourse is to consent to the possibility of being infected with an STI. Sex without a condom lasts only a matter of minutes, but hiv is forever.

Have a look through the condom and lube links in my signature line so you can use condoms with confidence.

ALTHOUGH YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE TESTED FOR HIV AFTER SOMEONE SNEEZED ON YOU, anyone who is sexually active should be having a full sexual health care check-up, including but not limited to hiv testing, at least once a year and more often if unprotected intercourse occurs.

If you aren't already having regular, routine check-ups, now is the time to start. As long as you make sure condoms are being used for intercourse, you can fully expect your routine hiv tests to return with negative results.

Don't forget to always get checked for all the other sexually transmitted infections as well, because they are MUCH easier to transmit than hiv. Some of the other STIs can be present with no obvious symptoms, so the only way to know for sure is to test.

Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, and you will avoid hiv infection. It really is that simple!

Ann

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