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Washing hands after touching blood?
« on: October 17, 2013, 09:38:26 PM »
My brother in law cut his hand on a broken glass an I helped him put on a bandaid. While I was helping him put on a bandaid, his hand swiped against mine. His hand might have potentially had his own blood on it. I went to the washroom immediately and washed my hands and used alcohol to disinfect. Looking at my hands now, I noticed a part of my hand that's red (not sure if it's a cut). The part of my hand is not the part that he touched, but while washing my hands, the water would've run down and touched the cut. Am I at risk of HIV? I don't want to ask my sister whether my brother in law has HIV.

Putting alcohol of my hands now doesn't sting? Does that mean my cut is healing and therefore I have no wound of my hands for the virus to penetrate?

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Re: Brother in law, HIV risk after touching blood?
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2013, 09:51:12 PM »
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 were not at risk no matter what your brother in laws HIV status happens top be . HIV is fragile virus and is rendered unable to infect the instant its exposed to oxygen . No one has ever been infected in the manner you are concerned with and you will not be the first .

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Re: Brother in law, HIV risk after touching blood?
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2013, 09:59:26 PM »
Thank you! I have two young children and I am more concerned about her safety than anything else.

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Re: Brother in law, HIV risk after touching blood?
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2013, 10:11:31 PM »
You and your children were never at risk . As long as you are not having unprotected vaginal or anal sex or sharing drug injection equipment you need not worry about contracting HIV .

You will not get HIV from sharing living space with people with HIV .

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« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2013, 10:57:53 PM »
My son was having a birthday party and one of the parents cut their hands while helping me in the kitchen. As I was putting on a bandage for them, my left index finger came into contact with some of her blood.
I ran to the washroom and washed my hands. I do have a cut under my left thumb nail from last night.

Am I at risk of getting HIV if the parent is indeed HIV positive? Is it possible for the soapy water that is carrying the HIV virus from the blood to come into contact with my cut under my thumb nail and infect me? Should I get myself tested to prevent posing a risk to my family?

Thank you.

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Re: Washing hands after touching blood?
« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2013, 11:14:24 PM »
There is no risk of HIV infection in what you describe.  You cannot get HIV through casual contact and once blood is exposed to oxygen, it is unable to infect.  Even if the parent was HIV+, you were not exposed to any risk and no need for any testing.


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Re: Washing hands after touching blood?
« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2013, 06:16:29 AM »

I've merged your new thread into your original thread - where you should post all your additional thoughts or questions. It helps us to help you when you keep everything in one thread. It doesn't matter how long it has been since you last posted in your thread or if the subject matter is different.

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