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I was followed by a goat today and the goat injured me with his horn.. The wound was bleeding.. What is my risk of getting hiv from goat horn.. May he touch a blood with his horn before
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Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the possibility of HIV transmission from a goat, given that the goat's horn injured you and caused you to bleed. It's also understood that you may be worried that the goat's horn touched the blood of another individual before injuring you. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No Risk (transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario).

The scenario mentioned above does not meet the three components of the transmission equation (see below). HIV transmission requires the transfer of a HIV positive fluid (such as blood) coupled with a High, Low, or Negligible Risk activity that provides the HIV virus with direct access to the bloodstream.

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In your situation, there are multiple reasons why there is no risk of HIV transmission. Firstly, goats cannot be infected with the HIV virus, so the act of the goat injuring you with its horn and causing you to bleed itself would not lend risk to HIV transmission. Moreover, even in the very unlikely event that the goat's horn came into contact with another human's blood (that may be HIV positive) before following and injuring you, exposure to the air would destroy the virus (1). When HIV is outside of the human body and is drying on a surface, there is a rapid (within a few hours) reduction in HIV concentration of 90-99% (2). 

Recommendation: No need for HIV test with the scenario provided. Refer to a healthcare professional for other health-related questions.

Regards,
AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Ryan

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