Anonymous
Hi ,I was giving massage to someone with glove on.That person hit his hand with glass and broke it . I lift the glass and start massage again.Small piece of glass attach with glove.While doing massage I felt something sharp on my hand and notice small cut .At same time ,I notice very little bleeding drops on that persons skin.What are my risk of getting infection if that man is hiv positive..I am really worried .please help me.Thanks
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Anonymous
Hello and thanks for reaching out to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline with your question.

It seems you are concerned about contracting HIV from a small cut caused by a piece of glass. We are glad to provide some information.

HIV is not transmitted through superficial or small cuts. This is because the virus needs direct access to your blood stream. In the case of cuts or wounds it has to be a deep cut that require stitches. In your case it was only a small cut so the risk is negligible.

The other point is that when HIV is exposed to air it is not transmittable. In this case it seems like you suspect the the virus was transferred from the other person to the glass and then to you. This would expose the virus to air and make it weak that it cannot transmit. The activity you described does not result in contracting HIV even if the other person had HIV.

You can obtain additional information from our online postings. The CATIE website also provides information on HIV transmission.

If you have additional questions feel free to contact us again.


Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

Lawrence

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

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