|HIV environmental transmission
Jan 22, 2013
I'd first of all like to thank you for your time in answering my question. I've been having quite a bit of anxiety related to the possibility of contracting HIV.
I am a 19-year-old male. I am not sexually active, nor do I use any drugs administered via injection. I'd like to ask if there is any risk of being infected by being in public places with an open wound (such as a cut on a finger). In my own personal case, I tore a hangnail off of my finger and began to bleed while I was at the mall. I later went to the gym while the wound was still healing (it was oozing a bit of clear fluid). Is there any possibility that I may have contracted the illness by walking around with such a wound?
Thank you very much again for your time and answers. I've been very bothered by the thought of the illness and hopefully your answer will put my anxieties to rest.
| Response from Ms. Southall
Hi The risk of HIV transmission in your situation is HIGHLY unlikely! Your open wound would have to come into contact with a significant amount of blood, vaginal fluid or semen. HIV is not transmitted through saliva or sweat. The contact would have to be a direct exchange of body fluid, because once outside of the body HIV begins to die and is unable to infect.
You are fine!
Be well and stay safe, Shannon
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