Anonymous
Someone who may have had HIV touched my eczema on arm. I went to three doctors and all said that it was almost impossible to contract HIV from this way. But online it says that transmission of hiv through eczema is possible. It has been 3 weeks since contact with this person and I have a dry cough with mucus. Is this a sign of HIV or allergies.

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Anonymous
Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about acquiring HIV through causal contact of eczema. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No Risk (transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario).

HIV transmission occurs when bodily fluid containing HIV has direct access to the bloodstream of an individual who is of HIV negative status through a high risk activity.

In this scenario transmission is not possible. In order for transmission to occur you would have needed the other person to be actively bleeding while your eczema is an actively open wound. Causal contact is not a way that HIV transmission can occur (1).

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

Regards,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Danielle

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