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Hi,so about a week or so,this girl slept in my bed for a night, who i dont know that much. it was one night and wen we got up, i was all over her and she was all over me,we slept rough.I realized that she had scrapped her big toe which look a couple days old at the time.it was still very red and looked dense. i thought nothing of it until i realized that my foot had multiple scrapes and open cuts,from on top of my big toe, and around my ankle.as paranoid as i am i started to freak because i have anxiety.The day after that i got up with a sore throat that lasted for 4 days. From sunday night til about wednesday evening.Then a had night sweats for on and off.But i live in the tropics and hot nights aren't uncommon. I am still really worried, couldi have gotten HIV from that encounter?
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Anonymous
Hi there and thank you for reaching out to AIDS Vancouver with your questions. We're happy to help!

To answer your question, no, this is not a method of transmission for HIV, and is considered a no risk situation. In order for a cut or wound to pose as a risk for HIV, the cut needs to be gushing blood and require immediate and professional medical attention. A small cut that does not match this description would not provide direct access for the virus to enter the bloodstream, and thus would not be a risk for HIV transmission. Please refer to our transmission equation to help further your understanding:

HIV TRANSMISSION EQUATION


BODY FLUID
+
ACTIVITY
+
DIRECT ACCESS TO BLOODSTREAM
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• blood (including menstrual) • unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse • vagina
• semen • sharing needles • anus
• pre-cum • mother to child (in specific cases) • urethra in the penis
• rectal secretions • open cuts and sores (in theory)
• vaginal fluids • other mucosal membranes
• breast milk • points of needle injection
As you can see, all three factors (activity, body fluid, and direct access to the bloodstream) need to be present in order for there to be a risk of transmission.

I also wanted to briefly address your symptoms: there are no specific symptoms of HIV. In fact, certain individuals may never develop symptoms, and for those who do, most symptoms will go away after a few days, or at most, a couple of weeks. This is why the only way to diagnose HIV is to get tested. Because HIV symptoms mirror so many other viral infections or can be explained by other things, we do not go by symptoms here at AIDS Vancouver.

I hope I was able to answer your question, and feel free to contact us with any further concerns.

Regards,

Sierra, Helpline Volunteer

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