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Hiv touched sore


Today I was received a hi five and as it happened the person slipped and touched my bleeding sore am I at risk of hiv or infection please help


Hi there,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about your risk of HIV acquisition from a high-five you gave to another person with a bleeding sore.

From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No Risk: transmission of HIV is not possible with the given scenario. (No exchange of bodily fluids). From what we gather, it sounds as if you were the only person who had a bleeding sore in this scenario. HIV transmission would require a substantial amount of blood to have direct access to the bloodstream of your high-five partner. Due to this, we determine this scenario to be of No Risk to you or your high-five partner.

HIV is not transmitted through social contact such as hugging, kissing, shaking hands, sharing toilette or dishes. (1) Transmission can only occur when HIV positive fluid has direct access to the bloodstream. Without a significantly deep open wound on your partners hand, transmission is not possible.

Recommendation: No need for HIV test with the scenario provided, refer to a physician for other health related questions.

All the best,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Cody