Anonymous
Hi !I asked a question about a possible HIV transmission through handshake with small cuts, I should know better by now but, today a native homeless woman (looked horrible) asked me for a cigarette and i gave her one and she shook my hand twice ( to say thank you) It was the same hand i was worried about previously , however I did not see any cuts this time but extreme chapped and dry skin. I washed my hands immediately afterwards ( so often they hurt now) Thank you!
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Anonymous
Greetings, 
Thank you for using the AIDS Vancouver Online Helpline as your source of HIV/AIDS related information. 
No. This is not a method of HIV transmission. It would fall under the "No Risk" category with other things such as kissing, non-insertive masturbation or having a manicure. HIV transmission via a cut or wound has only been reported in one known circumstance during a knife fight, where the wounds were large, open and actively bleeding. 
Having said that, please note that HIV does not descriminate. It can impact anyone, despite their ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status etc. 
Random acts of kindness only spread happiness, not HIV. 
In health, 
Katie 
In Health,
 
AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
E-mail: helpline@aidsvancouver.org
Phone (Mon-Fri 9-4pm): (604) 696-4666
Web: http://www.aidsvancouver.org/helpline
 
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