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Apr 26, 2013

hello again Dr.Shannon , i wanna ask some more questions regarding your answer..

" Hi Transmission of HIV from a contaminated surface or being stuck with something would require massive exposure to blood or other infected liquid from prolonged period of time. HIV transmission occurs when there is a direct exchange of body fluid, through unprotected sex, sharing needles and mothers breast milk. Getting HIV through cuts or scrapes coming into brief contact not through any of the main modes of HIV transmission carries an extremely low risk to often being comfortable saying no risk. "

my specific questions are: * how does the amount of fluid play role in the process of transmitting the infection? why wouldn't a small amount of blood cause an infection? from the scientific point of view *and what is your understanding of direct blood port ( entry ) for direct fluid exchange ? how about a non-bleeding fresh small cut ( about 2-3 mm ) ?

thank you

Response from Ms. Southall

Hi The more fluid the more likely HIV is present. A small amount yes can pose a risk for transmission but it is much more likely to happen with a larger amount of fluid. Visit the page on our web site, to see more on how HIV is transmitted.

Be well and stay safe, Shannon

Accidental blood spatter and contact from a blood transfusion.

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