Anonymous
Hi, yesterday i cut my hand and it was bleeding, then few seconds later i had handshake with someone i didnt know who also had open cut on his hand, is there a risk of HIV and do i need testing over this?
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Anonymous
Hello there,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the possibility of HIV transmission from having an open wound and getting into contact of another individual (i.e. shaking hands) that is possibly HIV positive. HIV is not transmitted through social contact such as hugging, kissing, shaking hands, sharing toilette or dishes [1]. 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)). Further HIV does not survive outside the body. However, the virus can survive over 40 days in a completely sealed environment (i.e syringe). [2]

This scenario does not provide a risk for HIV transmission. This is because it does not satisfy the 3 components of our HIV Transmission Equation. The equation requires the following to be present in order for HIV transmission to occur: HIV positive bodily fluid (semen, pre-cum, vaginal fluid, anal fluid, blood, and breast milk), with direct access to the bloodstream, through a High Risk, Low Risk, or Negligible Risk activity.

Recommendation: There is no evidence or no documented cases of transmission. Refer to a healthcare professional for more personalized answers.

Thank you for contacting AIDS Vancouver Helpline,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline, Joseph
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