I am a health worker. I have to go to field to collect blood slides
for malaria testing, haemoglobin test etc. Recently i was preparing
blood slides without globes. I noticed that i had peeling skin in my
one finger. Though it was not bleeding but i could feel sensation in
that part. It was reddish. When i came back home i examined it. I
pressed hard that part many times but it was not bleeding but it was
reddish and it was hurt little bit. If any hiv infected blood comes to
contact to my peeling skin.... Is it possible to get infected???
Please reply.. Worrying so much
Hi there and thank you for reaching out to AIDS Vancouver with your questions! We're happy to help.
The situation that you have described above is considered to be a no risk situation. In order for a cut or wound to pose as a risk for HIV, the cut needs to be gushing blood and require immediate and professional medical attention. A small cut or peeling skin that does not match this description would not provide direct access for the virus to enter the bloodstream, and thus would not be a risk for HIV transmission.
Here is a copy of the AIDS Vancouver transmission equation to help further your understanding:
|• blood (including menstrual)||• unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse||• vagina|
|• semen||• sharing needles||• anus|
|• pre-cum||• mother to child (in specific cases)||• urethra in the penis|
|• rectal secretions||• open cuts and sores (in theory)|
|• vaginal fluids||• other mucosal membranes|
|• breast milk||• points of needle injection|
As you can see, all three factors (body fluid, activity, and direct access to bloodstream) must be present in order for there to be a risk of transmission.
I hope I was able to answer your question, and feel free to contact us with any further concerns.
Sierra, Helpline Volunteer
AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online