Anonymous
Hi, is there any risk if my dermatology doctor, without gloves,put her hands on my mole skin to check it? I have a new big mole skin and I really need a consult after I damaged it. She had some small cuts... and she didnt' wash her hands before. Please help.
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Anonymous
Hello,

Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline as your source for HIV/AIDS related information.

The situation you have described puts you at no risk for a HIV. I will explain why by showing you our HIV transmission equation. For HIV transmission to occur, you must have all 3 of the following factors present.

HIV TRANSMISSION EQUATION


BODY FLUID
+
ACTIVITY
+
DIRECT ACCESS TO BLOODSTREAM
---------- -------- ----------------------------
• 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 in the table, you have none of the factors present as you were not exposed to any body fluids from the other person, you did not engage in any penetrative activity and there was no direct access for the virus to enter your body. In terms of the cuts you are concerned about, the cuts were on your doctors hands and therefore, the risk would be present for her to get HIV. You did not have any broken skin and therefore, there is no risk to you. However, when we talk about cuts, please know that we speak about deep, large and actively bleeding cuts. This was not the case in your doctor's situation.

Based on this situation, you are not at risk for HIV and you do not need to be tested. To know more about [how you can get HIV](http://www.avert.org/hiv-transmission-prevention), please refer to the link provided.

Best Wishes,

Mary

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