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Worried and Concerned
« on: December 17, 2020, 06:45:06 pm »
Hello,

This is my first time posting there, will appreciate your expert assessment of my risk. I had my snowblower at repair shop yesterday, they fixed it and delivered it back.

Today we had a lot of snow in Charlette, US.  I used the snow blower for 1 hr and as I was parking it in my garage got a significant cut on my finger from one of its blades. I cleaned the wound and did first aid, the cut did not need any stitches or visit to emergency but it did bleed.

Here are some facts....

1. It was roughtly 16 hrs after the snowblower was delivered to my place that I got but.
2. Temperatures today are below zero freezing
3. Snowblower was kept in garage so exposed to air and oxygen

Questions

1. Am I at risk for HIV if someone at shop had cut his/her hand on the same blade and there was blood on the blade, if its true am I at risk?
2. Will HIV be active in sub zero temperatures, exposed to Oxygen and after 16 hrs?
3. Does water/snow deactivate HIV virus? Am thinking i used the snowblower before I got cut so blades but be in contact with water/snow.
4. Do I need testing?

Thank you so much..

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Re: Worried and Concerned
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2020, 10:48:41 pm »
Hiya,

What you posted was no HIV risk whatsoever.  HIV is fragile and exposed like this outside the human body it would no longer be infectious and the concern posted lacks any of the other conditions required for HIV to infect.

Your adult HIV risks and ways to reduce that risk are:

Sex - Use condoms and consider talking to your healthcare provider about PrEP as an additional layer of HIV prevention

Using IV drugs - Don't share needles and syringes, use new ones

Blood transfusions & transplants - Extremely unlikely nowadays considering blood products are screened.

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 talking to your health care provider about taking PrEP in the future as an additional layer of HIV protection.

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. Please do get tested regularly and at least yearly for all STI's including but not limited to HIV and 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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Re: Worried and Concerned
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2020, 08:26:01 am »
Thanks your prompt response it is much appreciate was worried like crazy for my kids and wife.

Can you also kindly confirm that I do not need any testing as there is absolutely ZERO risk associated with this incidence? I am kind of person who plays it very safe in life and quickly work on plan to mitigate any risk how minute it may be.

Also for my knowledge is it the air or OXygen or temperature that inactivates the virus? Also how long after the virus is out of body itís inactivated is it minutes hours or secs. What got me conceded was itís very cold here in US sub zero temp and thought that somehow will protect the virus instead of warm hot temp that might inactivate it.

Thank you again Jim.

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Re: Worried and Concerned
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2020, 08:54:42 am »
Hiya,

As said what you posted was no HIV risk whatsoever. It lacks all the biological conditions needed for HIV to infect you on top this there is the barrier that the receptors needed to infect corrode in contact with an environment outside the human body, Oxygen would play a role in this as even if the environment was perfect this concern would still not be an HIV issue.

Anyhow nobody has every acquired HIV due to day to day contact regardless of the cold temperature or wounds, cuts etc. No testing is required over this incident as you had no exposure.

As for testing in general as you are sexually active, I presume with your wife, you should at least be testing yearly for STI's and HIV and more frequently if condomless intercourse occurs.

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Your adult HIV risks and ways to reduce that risk are:

Sex - Use condoms and consider talking to your healthcare provider about PrEP as an additional layer of HIV prevention

Using IV drugs - Don't share needles and syringes, use new ones

Blood transfusions & transplants - Extremely unlikely nowadays considering blood products are screened.
« Last Edit: December 18, 2020, 09:01:05 am by Jim Allen »
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Re: Worried and Concerned
« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2020, 09:18:46 am »
Thank you Jim can you please give me assessment on one more incidence.

I usually donít do any cooking in house yesterday my wife got chicken breast from grocery store. These breast were vacuum sealed individually to protect meat.

While cutting the meat I saw some clotted blood in the breast pardon my ignorance but this is first time I am cutting a chicken breast. Rather than washing it I touched it to see what it was. Got red blood on my fingers.

Now my crazy mind is going crazy thinking  what if that was human blood.

So here are my questions

1.  If it was human infected blood am I at risk knowing package was vacuum sealed and wet inside so not dry. I do not have any cuts on my hand.

2. Testing needed.

I think I may have developed serious health anxiety but pls give me your assessment so I know if itís a real RISK rather than anxiety.

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Re: Worried and Concerned
« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2020, 09:45:04 am »
1) Irrelevant how it was packed. During packing and unpacking, cutting and preparation it was exposed to the environment. Asides from that this fear just like the last one it lacks all the biological conditions needed for HIV to infect you

2) If you have been having sex or been sharing syringes then yes, otherwise no.

Look your fears are irrational unless they are regarding one of the 3 below.
Sex, Using IV drugs, i.e sharing syringes, Blood transfusions & transplants (Rare)

If you keep having these fears it might be worth considering talking a therapist to help you cope with these thoughts.


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