Nov 16, 2013
My 5 year old ran her fingers across a spot which looked to me like dried blood (it might just be my paranoia thinking it was blood) it actually had more of a pinkish red color to it. I didn't touch it. I instantly soaked her hands in hand sanitizer. My question is: Is she at risk for picking up HIV? This may seem like a silly question but i'm very paranoid and worried. I'm pretty sure she didn't touch her mouth or nose while I was getting the sanitzer but I cannot be 100% sure.
Response from Ms. Southall
Hi My saying is the only silly or stupid question is the one not asked! The good news is your son is not at risk for HIV transmission from this exposure. HIV begins to die once it leaves the body and becomes unable to infect. 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.
Be well and stay safe, Shannon
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