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Author Topic: A question about risk  (Read 2486 times)

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Offline rexcali

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A question about risk
« on: March 04, 2009, 09:08:15 AM »
I recently injured my hand on the side of the door to my building. It was fairly decent scratch that took off a couple of layers of skin with some bleeding that took about two weeks to fully heal.

Normally I wouldn't think too much of it, but later in the day I noticed that the building people had covered up the part of the door that injured me. From talking to the building supervisor a couple of other people had also injured themselves on the door that day and it had been covered up until they fixed it.

So the question is if there had been fresh wet blood on the area that I injured myself on, what kind of risk am I looking at ?. Has there ever been a transmission this way ?

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: A question about risk
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2009, 09:17:47 AM »
Rex, this is a really good road of what ifs for you to not go down. HIV is a fragile virus. Even IF there had been fresh, wet blood in some form on that door, it would not have been viable even IF it was from an HIV+ person. And no, no one has ever been confirmed to have been infected in such a manner.

HIV is not transmitted from environmental surfaces such as doors, knobs, scissors or razors at the barber's or any of the varied surfaces which people seem to worry about sometimes. HIV requires a very receptive setting for transmission. That's why it is so important to always use a condom for vaginal or anal intercourse. Those are the real risks for transmission.

You are worrying needlessly.

Andy Velez

Offline megasept

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Re: A question about risk
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2009, 11:04:35 AM »
Andy's right. HIV doesn't make it out in the world where blood turns from blue to red. It dies outside the body. And fast. I am long-time poz and have worked in occupations where it is hard not to tear open the skin, or encounter a badly bleeding coworker from time to time, so I have given this more than a little thought.

This nuisance event should cause you no more worry.

 8) -megasept

Offline rexcali

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Re: A question about risk
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2009, 08:55:06 PM »
Thanks for the responses and the honest straightforward answers. It's good to know I don't have anything to worry about. I have my annual physical in a month or so's time so its nice that I shouldn't expect any surprises.

thanks again.

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Re: A question about risk
« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2009, 09:03:08 PM »
You're welcome, Rex. Glad you found the exchanges to be helpful.

Andy Velez


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