Anonymous
Hello, I'd like to find out,
I did a recent test on HIV, and it came to be Negative. this was in the morning, after the test they had cleaned the wound with methylated spirit and put on for me a small plaster. (either on the basilic or cephlaic vein)

My question is, about 20 minutes after that ... i decided to remove the plaster, as soon as i did that .. a friend of mind came and shook hands with me. on my palm (the one used to remove the plaster) i have no wounds or anything, does that result any threat to me for HIV contraction ? i don't know my friends status.

Regards & Thanks.
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Anonymous
Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for your HIV/AIDS related health information. It seems you're concerned about the possibility of HIV transmitting through a cut. We're happy to answer your question for you.

This is a no risk situation. To understand why, check out our transmission equation:
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
You'll see that required for transfer are all of a fluid involved in transfer, an activity involved in transfer, and direct access to the bloodstream. This activity does not involve a fluid known to be involved in transfer, an activity involved in transfer, nor does it provide direct access to the bloodstream to any significant extent. Wounds that increase the risk of transmission are much larger than the type you're describing.


Thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline with your question, we hope it has been answered fully.

Trevor

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

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