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Risk from open wound


Hi! I was bitten by a wasp yesterday which caused immediately swelling but no bleeding (except later on I squeezed it and some clear fluids and a little bit blood came out). A person used her finger to apply anti itchy lotion on my bitten spot afterwards. If there was fresh cut with blood on her finger while she was applying the lotion, would I be at risk of contracting hiv through my bitten wound? Thank you very much for reviewing and answering my question!


Hi there,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question you were asking about the risk of HIV acquisition from a scenario in which you had an open wound, and another person rubbed their open and bleeding wound directly onto yours.

From the information given, this scenario is determined to be Low Risk: (evidence of transmission occurs through these activities when certain conditions are met). This scenario is considered Low Risk because from the information you have provided, your wound does not sound large or deep enough to provide a reasonable access to the bloodstream. Despite this, rubbing two wounds together, especially when one is actively bleeding does provide a risk for transmission.

Recommendation: Please refer to a Physician for HIV screening to confirm your HIV status.

All the best,

AIDS Vancouver Online/Helpline, Cody