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Offline Pricklypear2021

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Is it possible
« on: October 15, 2021, 06:30:50 am »
Dear advisors

Ive read soo many threads. Here is my story. My aunt , very old, in her seventies, was very ill. At that time, docs had not diagnised her and we were all not aware of her positive  staus. She had very long toenails. Her feet were dry and peeling. Like any normal peeling, no sores. I decided to cut her nails. While cutting them, with a nail clipper, I held her feet for balance while cutting. Her feet were sweaty but I didnt mind. I cut all her toenails. Fine, no blood or anything oozing. Anyway, after I finished that. I put warm water in a basin with dettol and liquid soap. I asked her to put her feet there. I was basically massaging her feet , even inbetween her toes while they were in the warm water. Just a footcare for her as she was very unwell. A few months she was diagnosed hiv+ with low cd4. She is fine now. But I always worried that what if I contracted the virus while cutting her nails and massaging her feet. Is it possible? Am not sexually active, and my last test before this incident was conclusively negative. Am just paranoid. Is it possible to be infected this way?

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Re: Is it possible
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2021, 08:59:00 am »
Hiya.

Relax, you didn't aquire HIV from caring for your aunt.

Here's what you need to know to avoid HIV infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, every time, no exceptions. Consider talking to your healthcare provider about 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 transmission of other STI's, so please do get tested regularly and at least yearly for STI's including but not limited to HIV and test more frequently if unprotected 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

Jim

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Re: Is it possible
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2021, 11:40:45 am »
Thanks Jim

I just got worried that she could have had athletes foot or sores in between toes I didnt see under the water; and scrapes or superficial cuts I could have had on my fingers.
Thanks

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Re: Is it possible
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2021, 12:04:58 pm »
Hiya

Even if she had athletes foot or some sores on her feet it would not pose an HIV risk to you.

Move on with your life.
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