Anonymous
Hello,Is HIV transmission possible if fresh blood from someone else's wound gets onto a healing cut from a knife that happened 24 hours before. The cut of mine was not bleeding and had started to close but the skin was still split.Thank you
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Anonymous
 
Hello there and thank you for using AIDS Vancouver as your source of HIV/AIDS related information.
To pass HIV, HIV+ bodily fluids (blood, pre-cum and semen, vaginal fluids, rectal secretions and breast milk) have to directly enter the bloodstream through (typically through the vagina, anus, urethra in the penis, mucosal membranes, points to needle injection and, in theory, open cuts and sores).
In fact, there have been no reported or confirmed cases of HIV transmission into cuts/sores that were not open and actively bleeding. So, even if you touched HIV+ blood, even if you had a healing cut/scrape/sore/hangnail, there is no risk of HIV transmission as there is no direct access to your bloodstream.
There is only one case that we know of where there was HIV transmission through open cuts-- and this was during a bloody knife fight with multiple stab wounds. So, the healing wound you describe was not bleeding and starting to close up so there would be no risk of HIV transmission.
Hopefully you find the information helpful.
If you have any other questions and/or concerns, please feel free to call or email us.
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Yoshiko
AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
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