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Follow Up: Wounds and bleeding scratches when playing sports

Dec 2, 2012

Hi Shannon,

Firstly, thank you so much for answering. On my "Case 2", the drug addict player actually have red/maroon spots over his arms and legs which is why I fear the worst initially.

Whether his red spots are dry or moist, I am not sure.

I am sorry if I am being a bit detailed here, but anxieties are kicking in. So will your assessment be the same if:

- his blood (not dried) was present in his nails when he scratch the web of my fingers till it bled - my wound came in contact with his red spots (which may be moist) - other parts of his hand/body actually cut me (dried skin, etc)

Thank you. Regards, How

Response from Ms. Southall

Hi How The chances of HIV transmission in this way are so very very small. I would feel comfortable saying almost non existent. There needs to be large volume of blood and of course the other person would have to have HIV. Just being a drug addict does not make him HIV positive as well.

If your anxiety continues I would recommend getting tested to give you the peace of mind you are seeking.

be well and stay safe, Shannon

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