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Author Topic: open cut to open cut transmission  (Read 1834 times)

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Offline Smooth

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open cut to open cut transmission
« on: December 26, 2012, 05:41:58 PM »
So, the other night me and some friends were drinking and having a good time. I walked into the bathroom and two of my friends were doing some stupid blood brothers thing. I know this is extremely stupid, but I volunteered to join (I was very intoxicated). So they cut me with this knife (that they already used on themselves mind you). It was on the top of my hand and the cut wasn't like huge at all, it was just like a small thin cut, but it did draw blood. After that we just kind of swiped our the top of our hands together and then said we were blood brothers. It was extremely stupid of me to do this considering im such a hypochondriac, but it was the heat of the moment type of thing and I just wasn't thinking clearly at all. After that my cut continued to bleed for a little while so I ran it under some cold water underneath the sink and then put a bandage over it. I took off the bandage like 5 min after that and it wasn't bleeding anymore. If one of these people had HIV or Aids, what are the chances of transmission?

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Re: open cut to open cut transmission
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2012, 06:23:04 PM »
Not an HIV concern. HIV is unable to reproduce outside its living host (unlike many bacteria or fungi, which may do so under suitable conditions), except under laboratory conditions; therefore, it does not spread or maintain infectiousness outside its host.

HIV is transmitted by;
Unprotected penetrative anal and/or vaginal sex
Sharing works with other IV drug users
Mother to child

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Re: open cut to open cut transmission
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2012, 07:10:51 PM »
Thank you for putting my mind at ease a bit. I doubt either of them were infected anyways, I was really only skeptical about one of them because he's a known drug user and just has a dirty lifestyle (had a baby with a stripper) and all of that kind of jazz. Just to make sure though, it can't even live outside of it's host fora few milliseconds? because we were both still bleeding with fresh blood coming out when we rubbed our hands together. I'm probably just being paranoid, but it's what I do best. I just want to absolutely make sure that it wasn't a risk. Also, I know that this site is more geared towards hiv, but could i have been infected with some other disease, say hepatitis, or herpes or something?

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Re: open cut to open cut transmission
« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2012, 09:49:32 PM »
That's a little bit of a hepatitis risk, but certainly not HIV.
"Many people, especially in the gay community, turn to oral sex as a safer alternative in the age of AIDS. And with HIV rates rising, people need to remember that oral sex is safer sex. It's a reasonable alternative."

-Kimberly Page-Shafer, PhD, MPH

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Re: open cut to open cut transmission
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2012, 09:24:02 AM »
Our focus here is strictly on HIV. If you have concerns about other diseases you need to discuss that with your doctor.

As far as HIV is concerned you are worrying needlessly as you have already been told.
Andy Velez


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