Hi there,

A couple of months ago I played a soccer match. During that match, I was involved in tackle, as many times in a match, but in this case, the opponent accidently put his studs on my knee, scraping of my skin. The wound was a bit like when you fall of your bike: your skin is peeled off and there blood visible (some watery blood), but it doenst come out, it stays in the wound. In that same incident, I apparently also pushed the other guy in his face, but I don't know where, because i was looking at the ball, but I felt something moist on my index finger. About 15-30 secs after the collision I looked at my knee and saw the wound and without thinking much of it, I wiped it off with my indexfinger. I continued my match without thinking of it, but after the match I started panicking for some reason, thinking: wait a second: what if the moist feeling on my finger wasn't sweat or saliva, but blood? Maybe I damaged his lip and was there some blood on it? (I have to be honest that I am sure I pushed his lip)
Can you get HIV by rubbing blood in an open wound? The blood didnt come out, so if I rubbed it in, his blood was staying in the wound as well...If you know what I mean?

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the potential for HIV transmission from an individual's blood into your own wound. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be of Negligible Risk (There is no evidence or no documented cases of transmission. However, there is a theoretical possibility of transmission under certain extenuating circumstances)

Although blood is listed as a fluid that can transmit HIV, in order for this to happen there must be a large, actively bleeding wound that requires immediate medical attention (eg. deep cut that requires stitches). From the way you describe your wound, as skin being peeled off but not actively bleeding or requiring medical attention. For this reason, *it is not a direct access to the bloodstream*, and even if it was in contact with someone else's blood on it, there would be no HIV transmission. Additionally, there is no HIV found in the fluid of sweat and negligible amounts in saliva (a bodily fluid that does not carry HIV).

It is worth mentioning that *as soon as HIV is exposed to air, the virus is not able to transmit*. Therefore, whichever bodily fluid you encountered and rubbed against your wound were exposed to air, therefore they did not contain transmittable HIV.

Recommendation: There are no evidence or no documented cases of transmission. Refer to a healthcare professional for more personalized answers.

Best regards,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Jason



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