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Risk of HIV transmission from contact with a skin rash
Mar 29, 2013

I know I am overreacting, but I don't know much about HIV and could use some professional advice. I bought a homeless women lunch today and to thank me she gave me a big hug and she pressed her cheek against mine tightly. After talking she was telling me about her trials and also mentioned that she is HIV positive. I know that hugging a person can't give you HIV but she had a pretty severe rash on her face (mostly raised bumps). Is there any chance my skin contact with her rash could be a problem? Could her rash itself be contagious? Also, I had a open cut on my hand and I am sure that at some point I touched my face with me hand. Is there a small chance of transmission? Thank you for your time and he work that you do.

Response from Mr. Chambers

I doubt it, but I'm not qualified to answer transmission questions. I deal with benefits and workplace issues.



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