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Why they don't mention any other possible types of infection?
Jan 29, 2012

Really Dr. Wohl, have you heard or saw any incident of having contact with body fluids outside the body, like surfaces or hands led in hiv infection? I am asking beacause wherever i searched on the internet the only types of contracting the virus are the "magical 4" : sexual contact (anal.vaginal) , breastfeeding and needle stinging. Has anyone ever got infected from any other possible ways except these four? Thanks in advance.

Response from Dr. Wohl

There are weird occurrences of HIV transmission following extraordinary circumstances such as exposure of health care worker to large blood exposure for prolonged period of time and the notorious case of an HIV+ adult pre-chewing food for a child who then became infected, and other tales from the crypt of bizarre exposures.

HIV, however, is not transmitted through casual contact. It is not picked up like the flu from door knobs. It can not be acquired from touching someone with HIV or kissing them or drinking from the same glass. As you can see from the answers posted on this forum, even more intimate exposures shy of the big ones you mention, are not considered risky. In general, it takes a lot to get HIV infected. DW



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