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hi, a person i work with bites her nails a lot, and when we were talking i noticed that there was blood around her nail. I'm not sure if it was dry or wet, but if we had contact or if i had contact with an object that she had touched with that finger, could i be at risk of being infected? Like if we shook hands and i touched it and then went to the bathroom? (i'm a female)
Thanks for aswering



Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about whether casual contact with blood on fingers is a method of HIV transmission.

HIV is not transmitted through social contact such as hugging, kissing, shaking hands, sharing toilette or dishes (1). In your case, a coworker who has cut fingers who may be HIV positive, does not have the potential to transmit HIV to you through casual contact such as hand shaking. In this case specifically, there does not appear to be a direct access to your bloodstream and further, no risk of acquisition.

All the best, AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Cody