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Author Topic: Environment contamination - transmission risk from object on skin  (Read 3612 times)

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Offline worried_cali

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Hi, I have been searching the forum and was not able to find any topic that would address my concern besides the one where the guy had a razor shaving his hair in the barber shop. I think the guy didn't bleed. Anyway, I think my transmission risk is low, but here's my story anyway. About a week ago I went to an upscale spa in Las Vegas to get a legit massage. Prior to any massaging occur,I was rubbed with a brush that had somehow scratched me enough to make me bleed under the surface of the skin. I did not notice this until my wife pointed out. The spots had since scalped over and dried into tiny dots. My obvious concern is that the brush had been used on other patrons and they may have been infected with blood borne virus such as HIV or Hep C. I have pretty dry skin and that may explain why the bristle had casued the skin to break.

1) Do I have something to worry about?
2) Could the virus(es) live in dry environment? My guess is that the brush had to be sitting around at least 30 mins prior to touching my skin.

My logical side said that this is low to no risk, but my irrational side said that I should post the question. Any feedback or comment is welcomed and appreciated. Thank you.

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Re: Environment contamination - transmission risk from object on skin
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2006, 08:15:25 PM »
Cali,

There is absolutely no risk of HIV infection from what you describe. You don't need to worry or test. You do need to read the Welcome Thread and familiarise yourself with the modes of HIV transmission.

Regards,

MtD

Offline worried_cali

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Re: Environment contamination - transmission risk from object on skin
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2006, 01:37:11 PM »
Thanks for your feedback, Matty. I did visit the Welcome Thread before I posted. Most of the transmission lessons had to do with the sexual contact, and only briefly mention none-sexual transmission route. It wasn't clear in my mind, from reading the lessons, whether I should be worry about it or not, that's why I posted the question. Just out of curiosity, is it because the bristle would have been dry or it's just not a likely way for the virus to transmit that's why you think there would be no risk.

By the way, I really do appreciate the feedback.

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Re: Environment contamination - transmission risk from object on skin
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2006, 05:42:03 PM »
worried,

The reason the Lesson focuses on sexual transmission is because hiv is sucessfully transmitted INSIDE the body via unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse. When the virus finds itself outside the body, it quickly becomes too damaged to be transmitted sucessfully.

This is why environmental transmission does not happen.

You did not have a risk for hiv infection.

Ann
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Offline worried_cali

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Re: Environment contamination - transmission risk from object on skin
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2006, 06:52:34 PM »
Thank you, Ann. Your response is highly reassuring. One last question, it is said here before, maybe by you or others, that the Hep C virus is much more robust than HIV. If HiV is no cause for concrerns in this senario, would I have to be worried about Hep C? Could viruses, particular Hep viruses, not survive outside the body similarly to HIV?

Again, thanks for all the feedbacks. A visit to this forum has been highly educational.

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Re: Environment contamination - transmission risk from object on skin
« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2006, 07:29:02 PM »
Hi, I have been searching the forum and was not able to find any topic that would address my concern besides the one where the guy had a razor shaving his hair in the barber shop.

Dear Worried,
The reason you did not find the topic, is because it is not a situation where infection is possible.
Paul

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Re: Environment contamination - transmission risk from object on skin
« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2006, 09:03:04 PM »
Worried,

No, you don't have to worry about any sort of hepatitis in this situation either.

Do you seriously think that if skin brushing was a risk for any communicable diseases this establishment would offer it on their menu? Do you seriously think they would put themselves at risk of being sued out of existance or even possibly jailed?

The only thing you were at risk of was having a relaxing, enjoyable time. Obviously that didn't happen either.

Ann
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"...health will finally be seen not as a blessing to be wished for, but as a human right to be fought for." Kofi Annan

Nymphomaniac: a woman as obsessed with sex as an average man. Mignon McLaughlin

HIV is certainly character-building. It's made me see all of the shallow things we cling to, like ego and vanity. Of course, I'd rather have a few more T-cells and a little less character. Randy Shilts

Offline worried_cali

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Re: Environment contamination - transmission risk from object on skin
« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2006, 11:41:04 AM »
Actually I was able to relax through the massage since I didn't know I got scratched. Thanks for the reply. I'll put this incident behind me.

 


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