HIV risk from bleeding shopkeeper
May 14, 2012
Hi, today I purchased some food, and I noticed as I was taking the reciept that the clerk had an open cut on her finger which was bleeding (fresh, not dried). I didnt think too much of it at the time, but about 30 seconds later, I licked my finger to open a plastic bag, and I'm now very anxious. If I did have some of her blood on my finger, could I be at risk? I do have occasional bleeding gums and a mouth ulcer. I could not see any blood on my hands or the receipt, so if any it would be a tiny amount. Looking for any advice/ reassurance. Thanks so much.
Response from Dr. Hightow-Weidman
Hello there- I see no possible way that this could result in infection. There needs to be a significant amount of HIV infected body fluid passing from one person's body directly/immediately into another person's body. Also, the mouth does not contain the type of cells that HIV likes to infect. My guess is that you did not have any exposure to the blood from the salesclerk but even if a small amount got on your finger (which I would be shocked that you didn't notice) it would be unlikely (dare I say impossible) that that would result in infection. Take care, LHW
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
- Are Sore Testicles A Symptom Of HIV?
- Does HIV Cause Dry Mouth?
- Blood In Urine After Masturbation Worried I Have HIV
- White Discharge After Unprotected Anal Sex Worried I Have HIV
- Are Black Spots On The Bottom Side Of Scrotum A Sign Of A Std?
- Can You Get Genital Warts When Giving Oral Sex?
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.