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Offline apg

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« on: February 20, 2007, 09:56:47 AM »
I apologize for asking a question that is seemingly very stupid for everyone else but it is troubling me nonetheless: I also apologize because I have posted before - about 3 months ago and I cannot remember my user name or I couldn't locate the original thread. I have read the lessons section about HIV transmission and understand the main ways it can be transmitted. And none of these apply to me but I am paranoid - I know. Last week I noticed blood on the light switch in my bathroom. My cleaning lady had been there a couple of hours earlier and I am assuming it may have been her blood. Before I noticed it I switched on the light and went to the bathroom when I held my penis. I can't remember feeling any blood but after seeing the blood on the switch my fear is I may have touched it and then touched my penis (urethra possibly). My stupid question is there any risk in this . I know 1) the chances the blood is hiv is small, and that 2) outside the body hiv is not transmitted and that i3) t is also not transmitted via environmental surfaces. The rational side of me knows all this. But....

Is there anything I should be worried about from this instance. I apologize for the silly question but I have found this forum to excellent and it makes me feel better when I read it. Thank you.

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Re: Question
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2007, 10:08:11 AM »
NO, you did not have a risk.

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Re: Question
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2007, 10:27:39 AM »
HIV does not infect via environmental surfaces.  It quickly deteriorates outside the human body.  You did not have a risk in any way shape or form.  Dried blood or fresh blood does not matter.  No risk.
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Offline Ann

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« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2007, 12:15:04 PM »

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Offline apg

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Re: Question
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2007, 01:39:18 PM »
    this was not me. I do realize the value and quality of the advice given here and do try not to post every thought/fear that crosses my mind. I had posted once earlier in the past about a non-sexual exposure - and a follow up question  - and apologize for doing so again - albeit a different one.  While I know it sounds ridicoulous - it still scares me. It is your board that helps keep me sane 98 per cent of the time.

I wanted to thank you and the other experts on this board for providing impeccable knowledge and considerable compassion (and patience) to those who need it. Thank you.

Offline apg

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Re: Question
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2007, 02:34:00 PM »
Thanks for your replies.

Just a follow up ...

Would this not be considered a risk because

a) the blood was not completely fresh
b) the blood was not abundant
c) the blood did not enter directly into a mucous membrane

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Re: Question
« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2007, 03:09:15 PM »
this is not a risk because.

A) transmission does not occur OUTSIDE the body
B) transmission does not occur OUTSIDE the body
C) transmission does not occur OUTSIDE the body

That should clear it up.  You had ZERO risk because of the above 3 reasons.  Dont come back with what if's please.  Stick to your situation.
LIFE is not a race to the grave with the intention of arriving safely
in a pretty and well-preserved body, but, rather to skid in broadside,
thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming--WOW! WHAT A


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