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Wound during party



I was drunk and damaged my hand with sharp item. My wound was about one on one inch size and actively bleeding. I had no possibility to dress the wound, and one guest came and give me a strong handshake. I did not had a chance to hide my hand because he grab it. I do not know this guy and his status. Is it possible if he had blood on hand to infect me?



Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the acquisition of HIV by shaking hands while actively bleeding from a hand wound. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No Risk given that there were no open cut/sores on the other persons hand.

Transmission Equation: This scenario does not meet the three components of the transmission equation because, in order to contract HIV the following conditions must be met:

1 There must be HIV present in a bodily fluid.

2 The bodily fluid containing HIV must have direct access to the bloodstream.

3 Transmission occurs through a risky activity in which the first two conditions are met.

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

Regards, AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online,(Vardah)