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Author Topic: being really paranoid?What are the risks of me being infected  (Read 3270 times)

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Offline DangeredMind

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being really paranoid?What are the risks of me being infected
« on: February 11, 2015, 11:33:15 am »
Hello ,
         I am glad that there is forum like this  where people can discuss about there risk of getting HIV infected.So here goes my story,I am a sexually INACTIVE person and I live in India.So one year back I went for a haircut,I was actually sitting outside the hair saloon waiting for my turn.The barber was cutting a guy's hair with a pair of scissors,he was almost done.Then he removed a trimmer to give it a finishing touch.That's when I saw this receptionist smiling at him.Then it was my turn ,when he took out his trimmer again and I saw her giving a smile again.But I wasn't bothered much but until I saw a small scratch on my neck.I let it go since I read on the forums that HIV virus can't be transmitted through superficial cuts.But after a week I had rashes on my hands and legs and then it went away in two days after I went to the doctor.
     Incidents have happened in india where people have tried to spread HIV. I know how this sounds.It looks like I am imagining stuff,but I want to know what are the chances of getting HIV if that trimmer was actually carrying HIV infected blood.And I had a very small scratch on my neck.How much blood is required to get HIV infected.And does getting rash after two weeks mean something?Can hiv spread through small scratches?should I get tested.?or Am I being paranoid .. ?Please reply to put my mind at peace!Thanks!   

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Re: being really paranoid?What are the risks of me being infected
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2015, 12:05:13 pm »
Please only post in this one thread no matter how long between visits or the subject matter . You can find this thread by going to your profile and selecting show own post and it will take you here . It helps us to help you when you keep all your thoughts or questions in one thread and it helps other readers to follow the discussion. Additional threads will be merged.

You have not had a risk for HIV and here is why
Hiv is a fragile, difficult to transmit virus that is primarily transmitted INSIDE the human body, as in UNPROTECTED anal or vaginal intercourse where the virus never leaves the confines of the two bodies. Once hiv finds itself outside the body, small changes in temperature, and pH and moisture levels all quickly damage the virus and render it unable to infect.

Here's what you need to know in order to avoid hiv infection:

You need to be using condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, every time, no exceptions until such time as you are in a securely monogamous relationship where you have both tested for ALL sexually transmitted infections together.

To agree to have unprotected intercourse is to consent to the possibility of being infected with an STI.Sex without a condom lasts only a matter of minutes, but hiv is forever.

Have a look through the condom and lube links in my signature line so you can use condoms with confidence.

Although you did not have a risk and do not need to test for this specific incident , anyone who is sexually active should be having a full sexual health care check-up, including but not limited to hiv testing, at least once a year and more often if unprotected intercourse occurs.

If you aren't already having regular, routine check-ups, now is the time to start. As long as you make sure condoms are being used for intercourse, you can fully expect your routine hiv tests to return with negative results.

Don't forget to always get checked for all the other sexually transmitted infections as well, because they are MUCH easier to transmit than hiv. Some of the other STIs can be present with no obvious symptoms, so the only way to know for sure is to test.

Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, and you will avoid hiv infection. It really is that simple!
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Re: being really paranoid?What are the risks of me being infected
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2015, 10:26:56 pm »
Thanks a lot for the reply,It was a relief.I Just want to confirm one more thing..Can HIV virus be transmitted through superficial cuts?

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Re: being really paranoid?What are the risks of me being infected
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2015, 10:34:51 pm »
Thanks a lot for the reply,It was a relief.I Just want to confirm one more thing..Can HIV virus be transmitted through superficial cuts?

No, HIV is far to fragile for that and its why we consistently advise

Hiv is a fragile, difficult to transmit virus that is primarily transmitted INSIDE the human body, as in UNPROTECTED anal or vaginal intercourse where the virus never leaves the confines of the two bodies. Once hiv finds itself outside the body, small changes in temperature, and pH and moisture levels all quickly damage the virus and render it unable to infect.
HIV 101 - Basics
HIV 101
You can read more about Transmission and Risks here:
HIV Transmission and Risks
You can read more about Testing here:
HIV Testing
You can read more about Treatment-as-Prevention (TasP) here:
HIV TasP
You can read more about HIV prevention here:
HIV prevention
You can read more about PEP and PrEP here
PEP and PrEP

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Re: being really paranoid?What are the risks of me being infected
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2015, 08:28:11 am »
So how does it spread when sharing needles?

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Re: being really paranoid?What are the risks of me being infected
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2015, 08:52:20 am »
So how does it spread when sharing needles?

When HIV is transmitted from IV drug use you would need to immediately use a syringe that was used from an infected person and inject some of their blood into your bloodstream . 

HIV is far to fragile to be transmitted from superficial cuts and scrapes ... the fragile nature of the virus and the lack of proper skin cells for the virus to latch onto makes HIV transmission from cut to cut inefficient and not a risk . 
HIV 101 - Basics
HIV 101
You can read more about Transmission and Risks here:
HIV Transmission and Risks
You can read more about Testing here:
HIV Testing
You can read more about Treatment-as-Prevention (TasP) here:
HIV TasP
You can read more about HIV prevention here:
HIV prevention
You can read more about PEP and PrEP here
PEP and PrEP

 


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