Small cuts on hands- Risk of Contraction?
Nov 5, 2013
Hi. On Friday I was out all day and noticed, due to my chapped hands, I had a few small cuts on my knuckles that were bleeding a tad. During the day I shook hands with people and was in close contact. Would it be possible for any type of contraction of HIV? Thanks. My OCD is really bothering me.
Response from Ms. Southall
Hi HIV transmission can only occur when there is a direct and prolonged exposure to body fluids, semen, vaginal fluid, blood or mother to child through breast feeding. This most commonly occurs through unprotected vaginal or anal sex and sharing of needles. Casual contact, sharing utensils, drinking after someone, etc are not way for HIV transmission to occur. If you go to this link HIV101 it will take you to our page that talks about the ways in which HIV is and is not transmitted. With all that being said, HIV transmission through hand shaking is not a risk for HIV transmission.
Be well and stay safe, Shannon
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