Anonymous
Hello I have a questions and I hope you can help me with it.

I went to shake hands with this guy. He has a red patch on his hands that seems like blood. After I shook hands with him, I see that some of the blood is on my cut, that I have on my hand. My cut is quite bad, as there is blood coming out as and when because intend to knock it everywhere and it bleeds.

So my worry is what if my cut was bleeding slightly and this person's blood touched my cut? Am I at risk for HIV? I am unsure of his status but i am
Worried of HIV out he has HIV.

Please help me. I am very worried.
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Anonymous
Hi there, thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for HIV and AIDS related information.

To answer your question, no, you are not at risk for HIV whatsoever! The reason for this is that the HIV virus is actually a very weak virus and dies immediately upon being exposed to the air. In your case, any HIV virus would have been exposed to the air and would be dead and unable to infect. For this reason alone you do not need to worry about HIV. The HIV virus also cannot be transmitted via a superficial cut, even if it is bleeding. As soon as skin is damaged the body begins to repair the damage immediately and creates barriers preventing viruses such as HIV from entering the blood stream.

I hope that answers your question, you can put this all behind you now! If you have any further questions regarding HIV please feel free to contact us again or visit [www.avert.com](www.avert.com) for additional reliable information.

In health,

Arne, AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
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