|Transmisson - pls put my racing mind to stop
Jun 17, 2012
A question about environmental transmission. A guy came in my office whose finger was bleeding and he touched my table. I did not notice it much and within 1-2 minute i touched that part of the table. Unfortunately i had a small cut on my finger but it was not bleeding. My cut was v v small which was just recent from a sparp file edge but it did not bleed at all. Is transmission possible in this case.? I hear that hiv dies immediately outside the body. Will the hiv virus die in this case? Also i hear that hiv can not get thru small cuts. Will be hiv virus not go through my small cut? Also as the finger was bleeding, the quanitty of blood was very little. Is there a risk?
Thanks for your help
| Response from Ms. Southall
Hi Thanks for your question and yes all that you have heard is correct. HIV transmission in the manner you have described is highly unlikely. HIV does die once it is outside of the body and there does need to be a large volume of blood for transmission to occur, your cut would have to be "fresh" and bleeding.
Be well and stay safe, Shannon
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