Anonymous
Please help, I tried to help a HIV + person to take something heavy and we both cut in almost (1 second apart ) same time in a sharp plastic thing. And it was me after him....
I don't know his viral level or if he takes any drugs.
The cuts were on both with blood but small, like bigger than paper cuts.
Do I need test?
Thank you for your help
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Anonymous
Hello and thanks for reaching out to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

It seems you are concerned about contracting HIV after being cut by the same object that cut a HIV+ individual. We are glad to provide some information


Cuts and bruises are considered a Negligible Risk. This means that there are no confirmed reports of HIV transmission through them. For HIV to transmit through a cut it requires that the cut be so deep that it requires some stitches and there has to be a lot of blood from the other individual that is in contact with that cut. From your description this does not seem to be the case. We do not recommend testing for this incident as the exposure poses negligible risk. AIDS Vancouver however encourages people to use HIV testing as a regular health maintenance routine. This involves getting an HIV test once or twice a year. This will give you peace of mind as well as providing a chance for early intervention if it is required.

The AIDS Vancouver Helpline Online forum has postings that are related to your question that you can read for additional information. If you have any further questions feel free to contact us again.

Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

In health

Lawrence

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

helpline.aidsvancouver.org
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