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Did I have an exposure?
« on: July 29, 2021, 03:52:46 am »
Hello Poz Forum,
My name is Richy, I found myself reading on medhelp forums and got mixed answers reading the doctors regard in HIV. I somehow ended up here. My friend who is recovering from covid and got really sick with it is also hiv positive. He fell over this morning and was bleeding profusely and I picked him up. He was kind out of it. My concern is that morning before going over I had blood work done drawn via my arm and a rapid hiv finger prick test which was negative. When my friend fell he was bleeding on my arm/hand(fingers) and I donít know if that blood draw and finger prick are  consider a pathway for hiv. I did search this forum as well but couldnít find an article similar to my exposure. I search google as well and it says any cut or wound is a consider risk. I donít know if I have minor cuts in my hands. What is the risk scenario for this ?

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Re: Did I have an exposure?
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2021, 04:03:06 am »
Hiya,

It's not a route for you to aquire HIV.

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 health care provider about taking PrEP going forward as an additional layer of HIV protection.

Keep in mind that some sexual practices which may be described as Ďsafeí in terms of HIV transmission might still pose a risk for transmission of other STI's, so please do get fully tested regularly and at least yearly for all 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: Did I have an exposure?
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2021, 11:30:55 pm »
The area where my blood was drawn and I had the finger prick would those be consider open wounds? Why does the cdc say blood on skin can be a risk if left on for a while regardless if itís intact or not?

I still have time to go on PEP.
I donít want to be one of those cases where Iím the rare case of transmission.
« Last Edit: July 30, 2021, 12:28:17 am by Jim Allen »

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Re: Did I have an exposure?
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2021, 01:15:58 am »
Hiya,

I removed your links. Understand that the site your link refers towards contradicts themselves, but we will not comment on old content found on other sites.

Generally speaking, I do know some sites & people hold onto outdated data or theoretical concerns that have never happened regarding HIV without correct context. Only this week, I read a general practitioner post who still thinks sneezing and coughing spread AIDS, so nothing surprises me.

Look, what you posted so far is no HIV risk to you whatsoever. What you fear is just environmental contact, and there has never been a documented case of HIV transmission the way you fear.

There are many reasons why this type of contact is not a concern, only one is that HIV is fragile; the outer protein/receptors (GP120 and GP41) corrode once outside the confines of the body, leaving it unable to infect.

Cuts, minor wounds, scrapes, ect, lack a direct route to the bloodstream, let alone a finger prick or blood draw from earlier that day, another reason why this is the case is HIV uses quantity and brute force for lack of better phase to infect and overcome barriers inside the body like the innate immune system and finger pricks, small wounds, cuts and scrapes do not give the access needed to overcome this.

All in all, even for cuts or wounds in the skin to be a theoretical concern, it would be either in healthcare settings in emergencies with people bleeding to death or outside of that, I suppose if you had been in a knife fight and the two of you were bleeding half to death directly into each other's knife wounds, or you experienced some similar extreme event, it might be a theoretical risk but HIV would be the least of your concerns.

Anyhow what you posted so far is not an HIV concern. Stop worrying about never before happened events and new ways for HIV to transmit.

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a rapid hiv finger prick test which was negative

If you were testing out of routine I would be glad to hear this, if it was post-exposure just keep the window period in mind.

Jim
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Re: Did I have an exposure?
« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2021, 11:31:15 am »
It was routine testing, do you think I need to test regarding this exposure? And you really donít think this Is a route of infection, sorry Jim all the information you gave is great. I just hate that the cdc is saying itís a risk and lots of other websites do too but what you said it being outdated is true. So touching someone blood directly from their bleeding wound/area is environmental not direct contact regardless of viral load. Thanks again Jim.

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Re: Did I have an exposure?
« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2021, 11:40:53 am »
You're welcome.

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do you think I need to test regarding this exposure?

No, as there was no viable exposure.

What you posted has never resulted in a community transmission of HIV and considering the basic biological conditions needed are not met that is no surprise. 
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