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Greetings Everyone

Please help me clarify about a situation that I had encountered. Given the covid situation I was doing exercises with lifting dumbbells & barbells. Because of this my palm had callus/rough skin. I decided to join a gym and few days back did my first session. At the gym I was lifting the weights bare hand. I normally donít use the half finger dumbbell glove. The next day I was doing some work at home and at one of the callus spot that I had on my left palm I got a small opening cut. I think I got it due to dry skin because of the cold weather. It was very tiny. I would say 0.6 centimeters in length. It was red. No blood. It was similar to the cuts on finger cuticles with blood dried. This happened around noon and I went to gym late in the evening and I did my regular lifting. I was wearing the half finger dumbbell glove this time. I dint put a plaster/bandaid at the cut that I had on the palm.

The question I have is at gym most of the people donít wear any glove and they lift weights with their bare palm. SO if anyone a similar situation or had a cut with blood and if the blood got over any of the gym equipment. Is this situation of touching weights with blood stains have any risk with respect to HIV transmission. I never shook hands with anyone in the gym and visibly did not notice blood on any of the equipment that I used. The only thing that was shared was the gym equipment using bare hands.  When I came back home my wife scared me by saying of why I didnot put a plaster/bandaid for the cut and it is risky to get infected.

Jim Allen:

Read your post three times.

Firstly even if you did shake someone's hand, it would not be an HIV risk.

Regarding the gym and the issue with your hand, it's not an HIV risk either. HIV is fragile, and day to day, cuts, minor wounds, scrapes, bumps, cracks, ect, lack a direct route to the bloodstream and all the essential conditions needed to acquire HIV.

--- Quote ---my wife
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I'll mention the same thing I do whenever anyone mentions being in a relationship. If you engage in condomless intercourse with your partner, you are obviously at risk of acquiring HIV. Often within relationships, condomless sex is based on trust or past test results; however, this does not prevent HIV, and any condomless intercourse is accepting the greater risk of acquiring HIV.

Test more frequently for HIV & STI's if you do engage in any condomless intercourse.

Here's what you need to know to avoid HIV infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse correctly and consistently, every time, with no exceptions. Continue taking PrEP as an additional layer of HIV protection

Keep in mind that some sexual practices described as 'safe' in terms of HIV might still pose a risk for other STI's, so test regularly and at least yearly for STI's including but not limited to HIV. Test more frequently should condomless intercourse occurs.

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

Kind regards


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