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Blood Contact
Aug 27, 2013

A few days ago, a burglar stole my car battery (he previously crashed the driver side window). At first, I didn't realize there was fresh blood stains in certain areas. Although I was very careful, I must have place my hands on some of these areas while driving the car.

Eleven days after this contact, Im feeling sick: intense headache, fatigue, weakness, dizziness, muscle (especially back) pain and upset stomach. Apparently, I have not experienced fever (if I had, its definitely been low grade), my appetite has been normal and I have been able to go to work, but the discomfort is always present.

The fact that this symptoms appear one and a half week after the incident really got me thinking what would your recommendation? Do I need to go see a specialist? should I get tested? I would really really appreciate an answer for I don't know what to do.

Response from Mr. Glenn

Thanks for your question,

I'm sorry to hear about your car, but this doesn't sound like a risky situation for HIV at all.

First off, fresh blood means it's literally coming out of someone's body when you come in contact with it.. unless you were wrestling with the burglar the blood was around for so long that the HIV in it (we're guessing at whether it was there) died.

Second, that blood would've needed to have gotten inside your body.

From your description, it doesn't sound like any of that was possible.

Hope this helps,

Erik



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