Jun 17, 2013
Good afternoon doctors,
From what I read on the Internet, it appears that the general consensus is that HIV infected blood does not fair well outside the body. With that in mind, I'd like to pose a "what if".
A few days ago I was at my family doctors office getting a checkup for a previous incident. I was asked to remove my underwear and then put it back on. Is it fair to say that if I stepped on a drop blood and put my underwear back on, that the blood could transfer and I could become infected?
I understand this is a lot of "what ifs", but is there any real risk of transmission with his given scenario?
Thank you all.
| Response from Mr. Glenn
Thanks for your question,
Even if all your "what ifs" happened, there would be no risk for HIV. This is because of two things: 1) you would've had to come in contact with the blood also immediately after it left someone's body and 2) the blood would've needed a way to get inside of your body.
Neither one of those things happened.
Hope this helps!
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