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Offline Splinter_risk

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Wood Splinter bleeding - HIV risk?
« on: May 30, 2024, 11:30:58 am »
Hello,

Can you tell me if I have a HIV risk

Few days ago, I was using a public restroom and got a wood splinter on my finger that caused bleeding.

I was trying to close the door and it was very tight and got the wood splinter when I forced the door to close.

Is there a risk if there was blood on the wood from someone who used it before me and the same wood being pierced into my finger and causing bleeding. Since the door was tight, I am thinking that someone before me could have got hurt and bleed as well

I read some articles on how the hiv virus dies immediately upon exposure to air but there was only one minute before someone else used it. Also since wooden surfaces donít dry out easily, the wood could be wet with infected blood when it pierced my finger

Is this a risk for hiv?

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Re: Wood Splinter bleeding - HIV risk?
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2024, 08:09:59 pm »
It's not an HIV risk, relax and move on with your life.

Here's what you need to know to reduce your HIV risks:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse correctly and consistently, with no exceptions. Consider talking to your healthcare provider about PrEP as an additional layer of protection against HIV and get vaccinated against HPV, Hepatitis A & B.

Keep in mind that some sexual practices described as safe in terms of acquiring HIV still pose a risk for other easier-acquired STIs. So please do get tested at least yearly for STIs, including but not limited to HIV, and more frequently if condomless intercourse occurs.

Also, note that it is possible to have an STI and show no signs or symptoms; testing is the only way to know.

Kind regards

Jim

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Re: Wood Splinter bleeding - HIV risk?
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2024, 08:22:59 pm »
Thank you and one final question.

Even if the wood splinter was wet with someone elseís blood when it came in contact and pierced my finger and had a bleeding- are you mentioning itís not a risk?
 

I am usual careful outside but this incident is causing me hiv anxiety

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Re: Wood Splinter bleeding - HIV risk?
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2024, 09:23:17 pm »
Already asked and answered.

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Re: Wood Splinter bleeding - HIV risk?
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2024, 09:01:45 am »
Thank you.

Is above incident - a wood splinter containing blood getting pierced and causing a blood contact carry a similar risk to needle stick injury? As both instances are getting stuck by a sharp object.

I saw some articles that needle stick has a higher risk? But all it involves is getting stuck by a sharp object

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Re: Wood Splinter bleeding - HIV risk?
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2024, 11:09:26 am »
Hiya.

We have already explained that you had zero HIV risk from the splinter. It lacks any of the biological & environmental conditions or viable HIV needed to acquire HIV, so there is no point in asking us again or comparing it to something it's not.

You got a splinter, no drama is required.

Now, if it had been a needle in the door instead of a splinter the answer would be, zero HIV risk as well. Accidental needle pricks with discarded syringes in community situations have not resulted in a single confirmed case of someone acquiring HIV in 40+ years, same goes for being stabbed with one.

The only way you get HIV from sharps outside of hospitals is if you are injecting drugs (High risk) due to how they are used and the volume of fluids containing HIV that are kept within a vacuum, so they are not exposed to the environment that is (re)-injected within a very short time directly into the bloodstream.

In healthcare settings, under very specific conditions, hollow needle stick injuries are a minor, near nonexistent HIV risk, but this doesn't happen in the community.  The healthcare setting (occupational exposure) and injecting drug exposure are extremely different to your situation of getting a boo-boo from a splinter.

You don't have bathroom AIDS and should you post again about this it will result in a ban.
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