Anonymous
OK so I had a cut on my finger that had a bandaid on it but came off from washing my hands. I was complaining that I needed a bandaid and didn't have any and my cut which is a chunk of my skin missing only bled slightly and looks raw and red. Anyway this person at work said let me see and I showed him my finger because that is where my cut is and that said oh my gosh... that does not need a bandaid anyway instead of just looking at it they grabbed my finger with the cut and looked at it that way. I'm concerned that perhaps they had a cut on their hand or finger and it may have been actively bleeding and they touched my finger to see my cut. Am I at risk why or why not and do I need testing?. My cut did not appear to be bleeding however it's missing skin and it's sore raw and red. Could that person transmit hiv if he had it into my cut by grabbing my finger to look a lot my cut. Basically that would almost be the same as shaking hands with someone who has a bleeding cut and having a bleeding cut myself can any of what I am describing transmit hiv this way? Please tell me.
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline. We are happy to answer your question.

In terms of your situation, this is not considered to be a risk of HIV transmission. This is because for HIV to be transmitted through wounds, the wounds receiving the virus must be deep enough to need medical attention (like stitches, surgery, or is bleeding profusely). In your case, your cut does not sound as if it fits this criteria.

I hope I have answered your question and provided you with some comfort. If you have any more questions, feel free to post on this forum again, visit http://www.aidsvancouver.com, or call us confidentially at 604-253-0566 ext 299.

Sincerely,

Caroline
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