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Exposed to hiv
May 5, 2014

Hie,

I live in a high risk country in tems of hiv and recently was hit by a shopping basket on my mouth and bled heavily.i am concerned that if it had traces of blood then i would have contracted hiv.i consider this basket as an environmental surface and what is my risk. Should i go for PE?

Response from Ms. Southall

Hi, Ouch! I'm sorry this happened to you, good news is no way for HIV transmission to occur this way. Transmission of HIV from a contaminated surface would require massive exposure to blood or other infected liquid for a prolonged period of time (for example: a blood soaked shirt of a health care worker that remained while she performed CPR). See HIV101 for how HIV is and is not transmitted.

No need for PEP. Be well and stay safe, Shannon



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