HIV from "fist bump"
Oct 24, 2012
Hello. Yesterday I was asked by a homeless man to buy him some food. I bought him some food, and he thanked me by giving me a "fist bump". He had open sores on his hands, that looked very fresh and might have been bleeding. I then noticed that I had a fresh cut about 3mm long on my knuckle. Is there any risk of HIV transmission from this incident? Please answer, I am very paranoid.
Response from Dr. Hightow-Weidman
Hello- No this "fist bump" would not pose a significant risk of HIV tranmission. I think you should feel good about your act of generosity and not let this spoil you from doing similar good deeds in the future. Take care, LHW
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
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.