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Does pus contain HIV?
« on: January 10, 2019, 04:34:37 am »
Does pus/puss the white fluid that oozes out of pimples or blisters contain HIV? I had a broken pimple that had just burst and it was slightly bleeding, and I met a friend who also had acne and I could see the white stuff on their spots, & they came and hugged me so our cheeks rubbed against each otherís and I got scared if their puss filled acne spots could have transferred HIV to me through my open bleeding pimple as both our pimples rubbed together!

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Re: Does pus contain HIV?
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2019, 05:28:01 am »
Does pus contain HIV?

Irrelevant as either way, spots are not a route and your senario lacks all the conditions required for aquiring HIV. 

You had no HIV transmission risk from hugging, rubbing or kissing each other's spots

Here's what you need to know in order to avoid hiv infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, every time, no exceptions.

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.

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Re: Does pus contain HIV?
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2019, 05:30:29 am »
But does pus contain hiv? For future I just want to know.
Also if my pimple was actively openly bleeding and it rubbed with their open pus filled pimple are you sure itís still no risk? Doesnít that constitute wound to wound transmission of hiv?

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Re: Does pus contain HIV?
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2019, 05:52:03 am »
Yeah, so does sweat, tears, urine

It's not a HIV transmission concern

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Also if my pimple was actively openly bleeding and it rubbed with their open pus filled pimple are you sure itís still no risk? Doesnít that constitute wound to wound transmission of hiv?

No.

Now despite scrapes, cuts and boo boo's, spots, skin condition of any kind there has never been a confirmed or traced day to day contact transmission. It's not a route, lacks quantity and environmental conditions needed . ..  See what you are describing is just that day to day, life and nowadays we understand far better why this is not a risk. Stressing about being the first case in the history of the world seems rather irrational if i am honest and it's this type of fear/misconception that causes stigma towards people living with HIV

Understand that HIV transmission is always a biological event and biologically, four conditions need to be present at the same time for transmission to occur: The virus must be present in an infectious body fluid from the HIV positive person, it must be present at sufficient high levels & concentration to cause infection. There must be an effective route of transmission, and it must reach susceptible cells types in another person.

In a strange "What if" Well for the cuts/wounds to even be in the slightest possible and meet all the conditions needed and overcome all the barriers, it would require both of you to have deep open cuts that are actively open bleeding such as from deep knife wounds and than rub them into each-other. This scenario would understandably be no longer be "day to day" contact anymore and even if it happened I would still tell you to relax.

Here is the simply question, were you both bleeding to death or at least requiring both urgent medical attention / hospitalization from your wounds that you rubbed together?

If the answer to this question is "No" than move on with your life, you had no eposure to HIV 



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Re: Does pus contain HIV?
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2019, 06:01:23 am »
Sweat tears and urine contain HIV!?! Are you serious? I thought urine and sweat didnít contain any hiv just like how Iíve heard saliva doesnít either! The other day at the gym my yoga teachers sweat droplet from her face fell directly on my arm! And I even accidentally sat on someone elseís urine in a public toilet! Oh my God Iím having a major panic attack now! Why does your website say sweat tears urine saliva donít contain hiv then? In the common myths section of your website it says ďHIV is not transmitted though saliva, urine, feces, vomit or sweat.Ē

And are you sure open bleeding pus pimples are not a route?

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Re: Does pus contain HIV?
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2019, 06:25:26 am »
You seriously need to stop selective reading to create an issue that simply does not exist expect for between your ears!

Did you not read anything of what I said ? Your questions are about as irrelevant as asking what if elephants could fly would their ears get tired?

It's irrelevant as, spots are not a route and your scenario lacks all the conditions biologically required for acquiring HIV.  Same as for the sweat issue you are not presenting

Sweat, tears and urine. It may contain copies of HIV however they are not viable copies to infect anyone and neither in the quantity needed or meeting all the biological conditions required for acquiring HIV

Also keep in mind that despite scrapes, cuts and boo boo's, spots, skin condition of any kind there has never been a confirmed or traced day to day contact transmission. It's not a route, lacks quantity and environmental conditions needed


All in all your scenarios lack exposure, and all the conditions required for acquiring HIV.  Seek face to face therapy to help you cope if these thoughts continue.

Jim
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Re: Does pus contain HIV?
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2019, 07:06:23 am »
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In the common myths section of your website it says ďHIV is not transmitted though saliva, urine, feces, vomit or sweat.
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This is correct. I'm not sure how you are misreading things
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