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Risk from open wound

Hi! I was bitten by a wasp yesterday which caused immediately swelling but no bleeding (except later on I squeezed it and some clear fluids and a little bit blood came out). A person used her finger to apply anti itchy lotion on my bitten spot afterwards. If there was fresh cut with blood on her finger while she was applying the lotion, would I be at risk of contracting hiv through my bitten wound? Thank you very much for reviewing and answering my question!

Regarding your reply on 7/3 to my question labeled "Please Answer Me"

The other day I asked a question that basically was me looking for reassurance in regards to my husband and what your thoughts were as far as do you think he could have been pricked by a needle or am being irrational, meaning, should I be concerned my neighbors threw a hypodermic needle over into our yards (because they may be upset we called the cops on them a few months ago), I have no reason to believe a needle would be in my yard and my husband stated he poked himself on something while picking up bushes and branches he just cut down/could have been thorns in there or anything) Also he looked at his finger right away and said it did not bleed, he said IF IT WAS A NEEDLE HE SURE WOULD KNOW AS HE WAS LOOKING AT WHAT HE WAS PICKING UP OFF THE GROUND also told me HE NEVER BLED IT JUST FELT LIKE A SHARP EDGE OF A TREE BRANCH OF A NEEDLE, COULD HAVE BEEN A BEE STINGER ANYTHING. He looked at the ground and said he would have seen a needle in what he was picking up and that I am being irrational. The reason why he is getting upset is because all I do is think someone is going to put needles somewhere to harm me because I have a needle phobia and am afraid that hiv is EVERYWHERE I have OCD and all I do is think red dots are blood or anything that I cut myself off I check to see if it is a needle and I stare at the ground whenever I walk because I am looking for needles.
The reason I am writing back to you is your response was marked "HIGH RISK" and basically you said I should get tested and that I should be concerned of hiv. I apologize for saying this but everyone I have asked what they think, my mother, my friends they all said I should not be concerned and that I am just thinking that because I have a really big phobia of hiv, needles etc. So your answer made me even more anxious because you know what? I already know that there was no needle and that this worry is because this is my obsession that consumes almost every day of my life. I am always looking for needles and worried people will put them somewhere to infect me and frankly I do not feel like you even answered my question because in the answer you stated, that my question is basically saying "my husband was poked by a needle should I be concerned", when really my question was DO YOU THINK I AM BEING IRRATIONAL AND DO YOU THINK THAT IF YOU WERE IN YOUR YARD AND YOUR HUSBAND OR WIFE WAS PICKING BRANCHES OFF THE GROUND, WOULD YOUR FIRST THOUGHT BE OMG WAS THAT A NEEDLE? I did not say my husband was poked by a needle. I just wanted to know what you thought about my question and you made me feel worse, because deep down I know nothing happened and you basically told me I should be concerned about being infected with hiv and to get a test. Well let me tell you, I have had at least 10 hiv tests in my lifetime because of how much I worry about getting hiv and I do not do anything high risk. So this is not a high risk question, this was simply me looking for reassurance and you know what I have written on here before and most people reply and say that you cannot really answer "what if" scenarios and that I sound very anxious basically I have been told to seek professional help, as this worry all the time is not good for my health. I apologize because I should not have written a question like this in order to seek reassurance, but why would you basically answer this as if I should be worried and that this is high risk? All I wanted to know was did my story sound ridiculous, I mean come on you cannot live life every day and walk around thinking there are needles everywhere, so why would you respond as if this was a big concern? Again I did not ask you if I should be concerned because my husband was poked by a needle. I asked you do you think that would have actually happened? If this is the case I guess you are telling everyone who accidentally pokes themselves while gardening with a branch that they should automatically be concerned about needles and to go get tested. I am SO SORRY FOR EVEN COMING TO THIS HELPLINE because all you did was stress me out even more and now I am panicking because of my ocd. If you could kindly reply to this please and explain your answer and confirm if you actually really think my question really needs testing, or if you "THOUGHT" I was just saying hey there was a needle should I be concerned. Again, I have had several HIV tests in my past because of my worry about everything. i am pretty sure I have poked myself in my yard with a branch and though omg what if that is a needle. I have got tested for hiv after I had to get stitches because I was worried the doctor in the ER used a used needle, so if you can kindly reply and clarify why my question is so high risk. Can someone not be doing yard work, get poked by a branch, or sharp stick/thorn, NOT BLEED and still MUST GO GET AN HIV TEST THIS IS A VERY HUGE CONCERN? because that is exactly how you made me feel.

please help , i do not wanna commit suicide

please help
I went to get tested in a lab , Soon after test I have become overwhelmed with the anxiety of getting infected from contaminated gloves! The lady who tested , used new gloves cleaned the area from where the blood was to be drawn with a alcohol swab , the blood was drawn everything is fine till here , but she kept the sealed alcohol swabs in the same tray , she had kept for the previous patient, she opened the swabs and used while removing the needle , and rest is under

Here are my assumptions:
* the previous persons small amount of blood (possibly while drawing the sample.) and the blood is infected would be on the tray in which the swabs were kept .
* The blood was wiped off or remained so little to notice, but there were some viruses left over on the gloves (No visible blood or fluid on the gloves, though i did not observe thoroughly)
she picked a new piece of alcohol swab with those contaminated gloves to wipe and afterwards to block the blood from flowing out after withdrawing the needles)

* Here are my questions: * What is the likelihood of getting infected this way? Can you say that the possibility is nil? No test is needed?
* Can viruses in dried and invisible form (I assume)pass on from the gloves onto the brand-new alcohol swab and then to the outlet where my blood was drawn? or Directly to blood
* Is one minute long enough for viruses to die, given invisible state with room temperature? * Can alcohol swab I dont know what types, immediately kill HIV , hepatitis A,B,C or any other virus upon contact? If not, how long? * If the viruses were alive, would it be sufficient in terms of quantity to infect me through the wound? Again, I simply just didnt see any visible stain of blood or fluid on the gloves at all.
* Does pressing and holding alcohol swab that carrying some virus on the wound for kill the virus or allow viruses to get into my bloodstream? (The way most doctors here usually do after every blood drawing to block the flowing). Bec while removing needle there was some blood on the alcohol swab may be 10 to 15 drops of blood i am worried because gloves touched the blood ,the blood that was coming out once nurse removed the syringe can i get infected this way I am desperately in need of the answer requesting to please reply once

the issue right now is i am in depression and having continuous suicidal thoughts ,
why because i have not committed a sin but still i do not wanna die with this disease

please just one last time answer

if gloves have touched any virus on that tray is it possible that virus could infect me as the gloves touched the blood while removing syringe and blocking the blood with alcohol swab .

i wish i could share the tears in my eyes right now .

please for the GOD's sake reply for last time
i know u must be thinking i am mad but i m in depression and i may commit suicide

Please answer last time , i am literally begging ,

i am really sorry for disturbing you again

I went to get tested in a lab , Soon after test I have become overwhelmed with the anxiety of getting infected from contaminated gloves!

The lady who tested , used new gloves cleaned the area from where the blood was to be drawn with a alcohol swab , the blood was drawn everything is fine till here , but she kept the sealed alcohol swabs in the same tray , she had kept for the previous patient, she opened the swabs and used while removing the needle , and rest is under

Here are my assumptions:
* the previous persons small amount of blood (possibly while drawing the sample.) and the blood is infected would be on the tray in which the swabs were kept .
* The blood was wiped off or remained so little to notice, but there were some viruses left over on the gloves (No visible blood or fluid on the gloves, though i did not observe thoroughly)
* she picked a new piece of alcohol swab with those contaminated gloves to wipe and afterwards to block the blood from flowing out after withdrawing the needles)
*
Here are my questions:
* What is the likelihood of getting infected this way? Can you say that the possibility is nil? No test is needed?
* Can viruses in dried and invisible form (I assume)pass on from the gloves onto the brand-new alcohol swab and then to the outlet where my blood was drawn? or Directly to blood
* Is one minute long enough for viruses to die, given invisible state with room temperature?
* Can alcohol swab I dont know what types, immediately kill HIV , hepatitis A,B,C or any other virus upon contact? If not, how long?
* If the viruses were alive, would it be sufficient in terms of quantity to infect me through the wound? Again, I simply just didnt see any visible stain of blood or fluid on the gloves at all.
* Does pressing and holding alcohol swab that carrying some virus on the wound for kill the virus or allow viruses to get into my bloodstream? (The way most doctors here usually do after every blood drawing to block the flowing).
Bec while removing needle there was some blood on the alcohol swab may be 10 to 15 drops of blood
i am worried because gloves touched the blood ,the blood that was coming out once nurse removed the syringe can i get infected this way

I am desperately in need of the answer

fingernail scratch incident

Back in May, I had an incident with a woman, I was walking very far away behind her, it was like a two minute walk since I saw her, she saw me far away and stopped and approached me. The point is that she physically harrased me, the what I suppose, wounds, that "outstanded" the more where some scratches that bled in my face, I assume they occured thanks to her fingernails. They didn't bleed like what a knife would do and when I cleaned them they didn't looked that bad like what I thought. My inner hypochondriac self is going to ask now, could this be considered as a risk? I know it sounds ridiculous and in reality, no one get's scared by a fingernail scratch, but I'm slowly getting paranoic. My mom that's a nurse and that took care of the scratches told me that once cleaned up, those wounds where just superficial scratches/wounds, they bled indeed but just because the epidermis got scratched off, not because there was access to my blood vessels and that they where the cause of my bleeding. From what I've researched, my wound of my cheek (the one that really stood out) had to been sewed in an emergency room in order to be considered as a high risk, and even then, I saw her way before the incident happened, I saw her several minutes and I know that HIV loses it's ability of transmitting once it's out of a human host and also that it dies almost instantly once it's out. Also that I don't recall feeling something "fresh" or "liquid" once she made contact with my face, also that some minutes later, if I remember very well, I don't recall seeing something "red" on her fingers, or something "enough" to transmit. From what I know, these where just superficial wounds (that healed up and dissappeared in less than a week) and don't impose any type of entry to the bloodstream and that now in current year/2019, hiv transmission only occurs in unprotected sex, drug use/needle sharing (here's where they put the "deep open wounds" category) and mother to child transmission.

I'm trying to look the most realistic side of this since my paranoic side it's telling me I should get tested. I just want some specialist to reafirm me that these affirmations I stated are true and that I should just leave all of these behind. I'm getting frequent panic attacks and I cry sometimes thanks to all this topic, please help me. Sorry for my broken english.

Contact with HIV+ Patient

Hi there,

I volunteer in an ER and I am concerned because I was not aware that a patient was HIV+ when I was helping them with their meal. I don't remember any substantial contact with the patient besides him touching my arm with his hand. Would there be risk of infection if he had blood on his hand and touched my skin if I had a small open cut? Or if where he touched me with the blood I then touched my eye or mouth? I don't remember seeing a large amount of blood but I was wondering if it takes an actively bleeding wound from the HIV+ person to enter the actively bleeding wound of an HIV- person/ large splash in mouth or eye. Please let me know your thoughts! Thank you so much

Nail Clipper Blood Incident

Hi,

Very helpful helpline here. I had very stressing incident. I was with my private guitar tutor at a music academy. My nails were too long he said so he took me upstairs to the manager's office (not his) and opened his cabinet to get nail clippers that he uses for people who has long nails for guitar playing.

He said he needed to cut his nails too so he did it first. Then as I was cutting my nails, he was like "fuck I think I accidentally nick myself a bit" and started sucking on his finger. And I was like "oh" didn't think much of it. Then, when I got to my index finger I accidentally nicked the soft part under my nails I think it's called hyponychium.

I didn't notice substantial blood on me or the nail clippers. Just tiny blood nicks. I tend to cut my nails short as the hyponychium doesn't hurt for me :(

I am Korean and this was in Seoul, Korea. He said that he has a girlfriend but he does look very "loose" and maybe cheats on his gf idk.

Thank you

requesting for a reply from 3 days

Hi please give detailed reply

i don't care how many times i had to try, I always hope i can get the answer from you.

I went to get tested in a testing center in Myanmar ,an under-developing country if you may call, and my HIV test turned out negative (thanks god!). Soon after a fake happiness, I have become overwhelmed with the anxiety of getting infected from contaminated gloves!

One mistake the Lady who did the blood drawing made is by changing the gloves. I did not think it posed any risks at all until I thought it through. Just before I entered the room, she had performed her job to another person who had the same test like me too. Five minutes later, after consulting, she used exactly the same tray to keep alcohol patches in which she kept mine

Here are my assumptions:

She touched the previous person¡s small amount of blood (possibly while drawing the sample.) and the blood is infected the blood or virus was still on tray
The blood was wiped off or remained so little to notice, but there were some viruses left over on the gloves (No visible blood or fluid on the gloves, though i did not observe thoroughly)
Five minutes later, she picked a new piece of alcohol-soaked cotton with those contaminated gloves to wipe the blood-drawing area before drawing my blood and left it there when the blood was drawn (she used another alcohol swipe to wipe and afterwards to block the blood from flowing out after withdrawing the needles)

Here are my questions:

1.What is the likelihood of getting infected this way?

2. Can you say that the possibility is nil?

3.No test is needed?

4.Can viruses in dried and invisible form (I assume)pass on from the gloves onto the brand-new alcohol-soaked Strip and then to the outlet where my blood was drawn? ( It was at least 1 minutes interval before the cotton was touched)

5.Is 1 minute long enough for viruses to die, given invisible state with room temperature?

6.Can alcohol, I don¡t know what types, on the cotton immediately kill HIV virus upon contact? If not, how long?

6.If the viruses were alive, would it be sufficient in terms of quantity to infect me through the wound?
Again, I simply just didn¡t see any visible stain of blood or fluid on the gloves at all.
Does pressing and holding alcohol strip cotton that carrying some HIV viruse on the wound for 10 minutes kill the virus or allow viruses to get into my bloodstream? (The way most doctors here usually do after every blood drawing to block the flowing).
Sorry I¡m not familiar with medical terms, but I did try my best to describe the situation, hope it¡s understandable.

this small thing ruins my life already. I talked to people, but no one can give me precise answer. I am desperately in need of the answer.

please answer the questions in points as i asked

Regards,

confused after test . Steel tray and alcohol patch

Hi

i went for a test , a blood test , She cleaned the place from where the blood was drawn with alcohol Patch twice, used new gloves , for blood drawing used butterfly blood drawing needle , but when she was removing the needle she used another alcohol patch to stop little blood that comes out when needle is removed , while removing so there was some blood coming out , and it touched alcohol patch and gloves , i am only worries as when she teared the cover of alcohol patch the patches she kept in the box where old patches were kept ( like its a steel tray , she threw the old patches and cotton from it used on previous patient , kept sealed patches in the same tray and then picked them up and used the patches on me )

can this cause HIV or ant STD

please reply

Exposure risk

Hello,

I recently had a blister pop on my hand (just from work i was doing on the weekend) and it has been healing for the last few days but is still red and healing. I recently shook hands with a women from a convent in Tanzania and without thinking i put out my right hand with the blister and it came into contact with her hand. I do not know for sure if she has AIDs but there is a much higher risk in that country so i wanted to check if i should be concerned or not.

Thank you.

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