|Finger cut + Door Handle
Oct 20, 2013
I got a fresh cut ( roughly 2cm) on my fingers in the toilet. Bleeding (not profusely, but wound is open nonetheless), however without thinking much I open the toilet door handle with my cut to exit to find some bandaids. Door handle felt sticky, not too sure because of my own blood or any other former secretions left there. Last person who left the toilet, roughly 10-20 seconds ago.
Question, lets say in the worse case scenario, there are some blood or semen (etc) left at the door handle 10 seconds before me, and the person who left it there have HIV/STDs, is it even possible for HIV or any STDs to enter through my fresh cut wound, as I did touch the handle with my wound. Any remote chance? Was there any risk at all?
Will greatly appreciate any replies. Thanks. Best regards.
| Response from Ms. Southall
Hi No, you can not get HIV from touching an inanimate object. Transmission of HIV from a contaminated surface would require massive exposure to blood or other infected liquid for a prolonged period of time. If there were blood or semen with HIV present on the door handle, once HIV leaves the body it is unable to infect as it dies.
You are HIV free from this experience.
Be well and stay safe, Shannon
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