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Bleeding eyebrow

Question: 

I got a hit from an unknown guy. My eyebrow was bleeding and his fist too. Could I have been infected with this situation?

Answer: 

Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about acquiring HIV from an altercation that resulted in possible blood exchange. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be Low Risk (Evidence of transmission occurs through these activities when certain conditions are met).

The scenario mentioned above does meet the three components of the transmission equation. The three components of the transmission equation include: bodily fluid with direct access to the bloodstream coupled with a high risk activity (1). In this scenario there is potential for HIV transmission as there is an exchange of bodily fluids. In order for transmission to occur bodily fluids that is HIV positive must come into direct contact the blood stream of an individual who is of negative HIV status. This activity is not considered high risk, but still involves exchange of bodily fluid as there have been a few reports of infection attributed to this activity (2). High risk activities include: condom less sex, sharing needles, unsafe tattoos or piercings, vertical transmission–from mother to child (in utero, during delivery, breastfeeding) (1).

Recommendation: Refer to Physician for HIV test.

Regards,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Danielle