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Offline TrustHim

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Blood to chapped skin contact and PEP
« on: January 30, 2020, 01:05:48 am »
I went to go adopt a kitten from a lady on craigslist and when i arrived the kitten freaked out and scratched the lady deep the blood was pooling on her arm.  As we were getting the cat to calm down and go in its crate her wound must have rubbed on my hand because as i was driving away i noticed blood on my hand.  I pulled over and rinsed it with cold water from a water bottle but didnt wash it with soap til an hour later when i got home.  My instinct tells me skin is a good barrier but i read cdc guidelines regarding blood to skin contact is a risk if the skin is chapped.  My hands were very chapped and i had two cuts on my hand one had a scab the other was a papercut from the day before.  I texted the lady and asked her if she had hepatitis or hiv and she said no.  I asked her for more of an explanation and she said she has been with her husband since she was 15 and she says she has a lot of blood work done for other health issues.  I went to a clinic anyway and the doctor said its a small risk so she gave me PEP.  I completely missed my 3rd dose because of the side effects and thinking he risk if any didnt justify the PEP so i was going to stop taking them but by the next day my fear set back in so i resumed PEP and have a week left of the protocol.  Im completely exhausted taking PEP coupled with worry has caused me problems at my job and failing my midterm.  Im debating followup after PEP is finished because I dont have insurance and the clinic i went to is pricey.  I have not been sexually active in 6 months and had a negative hiv test 3 months ago as a requirement for life insurance. 

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Re: Blood to chapped skin contact and PEP
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2020, 02:17:01 am »
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My hands were very chapped and i had two cuts on my hand one had a scab the other was a papercut from the day before.

You had no HIV risk whatsoever from this.

I don't know what triggered your thoughts about HIV to start with, it's just odd to jump to that. Anyhow, nobody has been infected through contact with fluids in community settings even with fresh let alone old small wounds, scrapes, cuts, etc etc etc. HIV is too fragile and those injuries lack route hence it makes sense there are no confirmed cases.

This type of paranoia about poor theoretical "what if's" though is well know and it's as an example why children living with HIV have hard times past and present attending school or people living with HIV have had barriers to getting certain jobs etc whilst in reality, there is no real risk at all.

If you continue to have such fears I would recommend you consider talking to a therapist instead.  Please don't post about this again.

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 starting PrEP going forward as an additional layer of protection against HIV

Keep in mind that some sexual practices which may be described as safe in terms of HIV transmission might still pose a risk for transmission of other easier to transmit 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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« Last Edit: January 30, 2020, 03:39:56 am by Jim Allen »
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Re: Blood to chapped skin contact and PEP
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2020, 06:29:55 pm »
My fear of hiv was triggered long ago when my ex huaband gave me syphilis and i found out he was not only being unfaithful but that he was using needles to inject heroin and doctor told me i was high risk to get hiv if i stayed with him.  I changed the locks on my husband shortly after that and have not seen him since.  Anyway I feel more at ease about the blood to skin contact. I have a new concern for exposure.   When I went to an hiv clinic to get blood drawn to start pep I thought nothing of it at the time but now its haunting me that the patient who was in the blood draw room before me was known to be positive and then i went for my blood draw thinking nothing of it having a conversation with one the phebotomists while the other took my blood.  Now im worried what if they reuse the same needle to draw my blood as with the last patient.  Can the virus survive in the needle and will it enter my blood stream simultaneously when the needle goes into me vein to withdrw blood.  Also the hiv specialist I saw says my post pep testing is conclusive because pep doesnt delay serconversion  with the type of test she uses 4th generation.  I see so muchh info in this form and other forums that the window starts after pep but cdc  says testing 4-6 weeks after exposure.  Heres what I found.

VII-B1. HIV Testing
All patients initiating nPEP after potential HIV exposure should be tested for the presence of HIV-1 and HIV-2 antigens and antibodies in a blood specimen at baseline (before nPEP initiation), preferably using a rapid test. Patients with baseline rapid tests indicating existing HIV infection should not be started on nPEP. Patients for whom baseline HIV rapid test results indicate no HIV infection or rapid HIV test results are not available should be offered nPEP. There should be no delay in initiation of nPEP while awaiting baseline HIV test results. Repeat HIV testing should occur at 46 weeks and 3 months after exposure to determine if HIV infection has occurred. See http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/testing/laboratorytests.html regarding information on approved HIV tests.
Oral HIV tests are not recommended for use among persons being evaluated for nPEP.

Well my ultimate question is about the virus surviving in the needle from a previous patient and the needle being reused.

Thank you for your time

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Re: Blood to chapped skin contact and PEP
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2020, 08:03:55 pm »
Hiya,

Sorry to hear about the EX Husband and that the situation has left you with this ongoing HIV fear. I do hope things go better for you in the future. End of the day any sexual contact including that within relationships is accepting certain risks.

Anyway I feel more at ease about the blood to skin contact. I have a new concern for exposure.   When I went to an hiv clinic to get blood drawn to start pep I thought nothing of it at the time but now its haunting me that the patient who was in the blood draw room before me was known to be positive and then i went for my blood draw thinking nothing of it having a conversation with one the phebotomists while the other took my blood.  Now im worried what if they reuse the same needle to draw my blood as with the last patient.  Can the virus survive in the needle and will it enter my blood stream simultaneously when the needle goes into me vein to withdrw blood.

You have no logical reason to believe a needle was resued, on top of that it was a blood-draw not a concern and it would have been a single-use needle. 

Your result is conclusive unless you have had other exposures not mentioned here, as you simply had no risk to test over, no PEP or testing was needed, so put it behind already, relax and move on with your life. 

Please don't post about this again, this is as irrational as the first post and I can't help you overcome this, speak to a therapist if you continue to have HIV fears, and I'm not even going to get drawn into what you have read online or heard in a clinic, just stop reading nonsense would be my only comment. 

Jim
« Last Edit: February 08, 2020, 08:26:40 pm by Jim Allen »
HIV 101 - Everything you need to know
HIV 101
Transmission and Risks:
HIV Transmission and Risks
Read more about Testing here:
HIV Testing
Read about Treatment-as-Prevention (TasP) here:
HIV TasP
You can read about HIV prevention here:
HIV prevention
Read about PEP and PrEP here
PEP and PrEP

 


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