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Questions about HIV transmission

Hi! First off i want to thanks to everybody on AIDS Vancouver staff for the help they are providing for humanity and apologise for my lack of knowledge in this subject. Recently i made 20 years and i started to take action to take care of my health. With that, my anxiety hits me hard with a lot of questions and concerns that i never had before.

1°: I want to know if HIV can be transmitted by dry blood on broken acne. I was on college and on my jaw i had a pimple that was broken, later i passed my hand on the location. I really don't know if there was dry blood on my hand, but if had, is possible?

2°: I want to know if HIV can be transmitted through gnawing nails.

3°: That is my biggest concern. So, i was masturbating on my bedroom under my blanket and my penis was exposed to the fabric of the blanket. Later i found a bit of dryblood. I don't know if was mine or if my penis touched that spot, but my question is: HIV can be transmitted that way?

I read that HIV needs to go into your blood stream and acne is not a very profound wound that would put somone on risk. I read also that blood coagulates fast without the proper ambient... I read a lot and i think that was what made my anxiety wake up.

Sorry if some of my questions was already asked, but i think i will chill out if i ask them and i really hope that my questions will provide some help to people that are starting to search for more information on the subject.

Getting HIV as a Tattoo Artist, Got Poked by the Needle

Hello, so ive been going crazy for something that happened about a year and a half ago and would love to get some peace of mind form you guys. I am a tattoo artist in Tijuana, Mexico, and was doing a piece on a guy who had a drug abuse past. Half way through the tattoo I lifted the machine and accidently poked myself in the finger, it wasnt a hard poke, and i dont even think it pierced my glove, so i didnt make much of it. But lately ive had a ear infection i cant seem to get rid of, saw something hiv related on tv and now my hypocondria is driving me mad. Is there a chance for me to be exposed if the needle pierced the glove and poked my finger a little bit? i remember checking for blood, and nothing, but i did feel some pain at the moment of the incident. All my materials were clean, unused and sterelized. I cant ask the guy beacuse he died of overdose a couple of months ago, helping my paranoia flare up some more. I hope u cant find time to help me with this. I thank you in advance for this and all the other work you do.

P.S. Im sorry if i screwed up the spelling, english is not my mother language.

Masseuse sat on penis with possible small cut

Hi Helpline,

Thanks for the work you do.

I was in Russia about 10 weeks ago and had a sexual massage with a sex worker.

During massage, the masseuse sat on my penis (did not wear a condom) and slid up and down 3-4 times (I would assume this is docking) - without any penetration. At the time, I did not think much about it, but having had a small cut to the backside of my penis head a few months before, I am beginning to become a bit worried.

I have not experienced any symptoms. However, I had a few ingrown zits over the past week, which I have never had before and my skin is itching a bit now. Cannot see these as symptoms anywhere, but my paranoia is on full alert.

Looking forward to hearing back, thanks.

Cuts at Nail Salon, HIV Transmission Risk?

Hello:
This past weekend I was getting a pedicure and the woman cut me. I did bleed. I didn't think much of it she had gloves on. She used a antiseptic to stop the bleeding but then she also used a brush that she later used to clean up the polish on my skin. She used it in the same polish remover container that she continues to use and then put the brush back on her cart. So I am now worried that she just reuses the equipment without sterilizing it.

Now I know it's a not likely but is there a chance to catch HIV this way? If she used the brush on someone else's blood and then applied that same brush to my cut? Or would HIV be present in polish remover since she is using the same brush you used to clean up my blood?

I am breastfeeding my 4 month old and I am terrified I may have been exposed so I have stopped breastfeeding her. I know it may sound a bit crazy but I am seriously worried that this can happen as I read a woman got infected using the same manicure equipment as a relative with HIV.

Over-Concerned, Slightly Ignorant health care worker

Hello,
I am taking care of a HIV+ patient, whom now has developed AIDS. I was very careful with my encounter, I wore gloved and washed my hands with soap and water or with alcohol sanitizer. I just got a kitten and he scratched my fingers and hands and made little superficial cuts the day prior. I was in and out of this patients room but sometimes when I went to pick up his food tray I wouldn't glove up because I'd be in and out. He also has a incont. bowel episode that I had to clean but wore gloves. I know HIV is spread by blood encounters, and I saw no visible blood I am just paranoid because I have these superficial cuts and I am nervous somehow the virus got into it through out the day because I was picking up his food try and giving him water with no gloves on. Am I at risk if I do not recall any blood? Also, how long goes HIV live outside of the body.

HIV transmission through a deep kiss with biting and blood

Hello,

Could you please estimate the risk of my situation? When I first had (protected) sex with my partner, they told me they were recently screened and did not have any STI. We then had protected sex on multiple occasions. Turned out, my partner was not screened for HIV in a long time, those recent tests did not include it. Although we had protected sex, several times there was deep kissing and biting involved. The bites were quite strong and most likely had broken the skin inside the mouth for both of us. I remember the bites caused a bleeding in my mouth, I am not sure if my partner had any bleeding inside their mouth. Should I get tested for HIV?

Thank you

HIV Transmission From a Nail File

Hello there.
I have recently went to a nail salon to had my nails done. During one of the procedures, I have noticed that the lady who was doing my nails, had scratched some of my fingers with the nails file and there have been couple of little cuts, with a bit of a blood. She put some disinfectant over them, however I am scared as I do not now if she has cleaned her equipment before she started doing my nails and I have read an article about this Brazilian woman, who got infected through a manicure tool. Am I at a risk of HIV infection?

Finger stimulation

I recently gave finger stimulation to a sex worker (who was on her period, which I found out after) about 5 minutes or so after I touched myself, and had a small bleeding wound on my penis. what are the chances of contraction hiv from this scenario. I thank you in advance for you help in this matter. :)

HIV Through Contact with Bloody T-shirt

Hello Please help me am scared to death Sorry for my english.. .. Few days back my co-worker has got some blood from his tongue due to biting his own tongue accidentally after that he cleaned with his finger and he touched my shirt with same finger am not sure whether he has blood on his finger or not but after may be 3 to 4 seconds later i have touched my shirt with my hand which has a small superficial cut on my thumb finger may be 4 to 5 mm length its not actively bleeding at all its may be 1 or 2 days old cut..my question is can i get infected assuming my co-worker is HIV+ and there was blood on my shirt may be 2 or 3 drops came from his finger when he touched my shirt and i have touched my shirt with cut on my finger immediately after 3 to 4 seconds ?? i have seen some of your answers that you say the virus will die soon once exposed to air but in my condition its only 3 to 4 seconds of time gap is it enough for virus to die..please answer my question immediately..Thank You...Would you recommend me for testing

HIV transmission to a baby through casual contact

**** Dear all,
Could you please clear up the following. If a person who takes care of a baby (9 months) and has HIV (maybe event acute phase), can he transmit HIV to a baby through a casual contact?
I have seen many answers and cases, but anyway it seems unclear. Of course, I don't mean cases with big sores/a lot of blood. But I mean cases when, for example, a child scratch you with nails (small scratch and there can be some blood on it) and then gets his fingers to mouth/eyes (always doing it, especially to the mouth because of toothing).
Many thanks in advance!

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