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handshake pimple

Feb 10, 2012

A relative of mine who shook hands with a friend whom she did not know has been HIV positive for many years. Right after he shook hands he went to his bathroom and popped a pimple. There was a slight amount of blood from popping the pimple. Is she now at risk? Should she take anti viral drugs to prevent infection?

Response from Mr. Cordova

Hi there:

There is no risk from this situation at all. HIV is not transmitted this way. You CANNOT catch HIV from casual contact.

In health,


Symptoms in partners but negative antibody test (late hiv?)

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