Anonymous
How big does a wound/cut have to be in order for it to be a risk for HIV?
It is always said it has to be big, deep, fresh and actively bleeding. What kind of wound is that and how would you describe it?

I shook hands with someone, I had a healing cut on my thumb. If bleeds sometimes as it isn't fully recovered.
The person I shook hands with seems to have a red patch area on his hands. There is no blood dripping down but can be seen That a certain area is very red, looks like blood on his hands. I am worried for HIV transmission in my case. As I shook hands wih him and his red patch area touched my wound. My wound is definately not 100% closed as it bleeds out sometimes. I am very worried and I don't know his status. I am worried that he might be HIV am in this manner, his HIV from his blood can be transmitted to me. Please help?
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Anonymous
Hello There,

Thank you for posting on the AIDS Vancouver Helpline Forum.

We have never seen transmission happen through cuts or wounds except for one incident where there was a lot of blood gushing out from deeply open wounds during a knife fight.

There is no way a handshake would assist in HIV transmission. HIV dies upon exposure to air and needs direct access into your bloodstream for HIV transmission to occur. In your situation, there was no exchange of blood. Skin is a great barrier for HIV transmission. A touch is a not a method for HIV transmission.

Hope this helps!

Please let us know if we can provide any more information. Or if you would like to call and speak to someone at the Helpline, you can do so anonymously and confidentially by calling 604-696-4666, Monday to Friday between 10am-4pm.

All the Best,

Reeman

AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
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