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blood contact
« on: December 07, 2023, 12:07:52 pm »
a month ago, a guy moved into our apartment complex with HIV, we have all been taking precautions to protect ourselves, today, taking out the trash, i touched something that looked like blood. So i knocked on his apartment door and asked if he is undetectable and if the blood was his but instead of answering, he started cursing.

i know that this is a low to medium risk, and his anger indicates to me he isn't undetectable, is PEP justified for this risk and when can I test?

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Re: blood contact
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2023, 02:42:03 pm »
i know that this is a low to medium risk,
That's incorrect. this was not a risk at all.

HIV is only transmitted through unprotected anal/vaginal sex or injection needles. Changes in the environment (temp, air exposure) make it impossible for HIV to transmit by blood unless it's by immediately sharing injection needles.

The only people in your apartment complex who even need to be concerned would be anyone having unprotected sex with your neighbor. And then they might not be at risk if they are on PrEP or if your neighbor's viral load is undetectable.

You were very misinformed when confronting your neighbor like that, and should probably apologize and explain that you are now more informed. I'd also suggest you pass this information around to all your other gossipy neighbors who have been discussing someone's health issues while also being misinformed about HIV transmission.


Have a great day,
Michael


Reducing Your HIV risks:
With no exceptions, use condoms correctly and consistently for anal or vaginal intercourse
Talk to a healthcare provider about PrEP as another layer of protection

Get tested yearly for HIV and other STIs.
If you donít use condoms and/or PrEP, test more frequently

Some sexual practices described as safe in terms of acquiring HIV still pose a risk for other more easily acquired STIs. It is possible to show no signs or symptoms from an STI so testing is the only way to know.

Get tested at least yearly for STIs, including but not limited to HIV, and more frequently if condomless intercourse occurs.

Whatís the ONLY way to know if youíve been infected by HIV or an STI?
Get tested.


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