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Please, someone help! HIV transmission through hugging?


Thank you so much for your time.
I am panicking, two weeks ago I hugged someone that was HIV positive. I am now experiencing a runny nose and sore throat and I am very scared, especially because I have a baby. If someone could please respond I would appreciate it so much. Is there a chance I have contracted the virus?



Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the possibility of HIV transmission through casual contacts such as hugging. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No Risk (transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario).

The scenario mentioned above does not meet the three components of the Transmission Equation. According to the CDC, casual contacts such as social kissing, shaking hands, hugging, using a toilet, or sharing drinking glasses with someone living with HIV are not activities that provide direct access of HIV fluids to your bloodstream (1). Thus, there is no risk in engaging in these activities with people living with HIV.

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


AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Marie