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Offline anxious_1123

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Blood on my Hands to Eye
« on: October 13, 2013, 08:37:52 AM »
Hi,

I have a 6 month old puppy which loves to lick people's hands. Recently my dog licked the hands of my new gardener who happens to be HIV +. He generally tends to have cuts on his hand due to the nature of his work. Immediately after that my dog licked my hands.
I generally tend to wash my hands immediately after but this one time I forgot to and I think I rubbed my eyes and nose with my hands which probably had a bit of my gardener's blood on them.

Am I at risk? Is it possible that the blood mixed with my dogs saliva poses a transmission risk? Plz note this whole incident took place in a matter of minutes. Thank you.

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Re: Blood on my Hands to Eye
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2013, 08:47:09 AM »
You have absolutely nothing to worry about . Hiv is a fragile virus and cant survive outside the HUMAN body , its instantly damaged and rendered unable to infect when exposed to oxygen . 

Saliva has HIV inhibiting property's as well . You would not have been at risk if your gardener bled on you , much less from a dogs mouth . These are the risk factors for HIV .

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

You will not get HIV from anyone unless you have unprotected vaginal or anal sex or share drug injection equipment immediately after and infected person . Do not worry about being around HIV positive people , no one has ever been infected unless the criteria in those risk factors have been met . 

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Re: Blood on my Hands to Eye
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2013, 10:10:38 AM »
Hi Jeff,

I appreciate the quick reply. I feel like I can breathe again. But I have read online that some people have been infected through blood in their eyes as it is a mucous membrane. Is it true or just internet hyperbole?

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Re: Blood on my Hands to Eye
« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2013, 10:27:54 AM »
You need to stop searching the web to just feed your fears and all to no good purpose. Jeff has given you the real deal about risks.

Stay off the net, there's no need for testing and just get on with your life. Really.
Andy Velez

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Re: Blood on my Hands to Eye
« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2013, 10:31:26 AM »
Hi Jeff,

I appreciate the quick reply. I feel like I can breathe again. But I have read online that some people have been infected through blood in their eyes as it is a mucous membrane. Is it true or just internet hyperbole?

If you had a gush of arterial blood into the eye its theoretically possible but keep in mind that is something rare indeed . In the 30 + years of the aids epidemic there are only a scant few infections attributed to anything other than the risk factors I outlined and even then all things have to line up into a perfect storm of circumstances . It just doesn't happen in the real world .

Its hard for most people to fully grasp how hard it is for an HIV infection to occur in the first place . HIV is a rather hard virus to transmit because its so very fragile and requires a strict set of circumstances in order to infect .   

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Re: Blood on my Hands to Eye
« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2013, 11:19:21 AM »
Duly noted. Cheers and thanks for all your help.

 


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