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Exposure Scenario question
      #251413 - 07/29/10 08:00 PM

I had a finger prick HIV test done. Result - negative. 10 days later I went to a homeless/drug addict shelter with a community group. We fed, clothed, helped out any way we can. There I met a man who had open wounds from his drug use. He was picking these wounds seldomly. I offered him a bottle a water which took and he gave me the bottle he had in his hand. Question is: with the amount of open wounds he had and his scratching and the 10 day old finger prick I had, could there be exposure risk from touching the bottle if he were HIV positive?Take into account that my finger wound was 10 days old but still visible as a little prick in the skin. No blood was gushing from my finger prick and it looked clotted and almost healed but also that same day a few hours later I put some hydrogen peroxide on it and it created a small amount of foam. Thats my concern, if the hydrogen peroxide disinfected something in the wound by creating the foam, could that be enough of an skin opening?

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No , not a chance ! new
      #251416 - 07/29/10 10:09 PM

While cetainly understanding your angst , you can be 100% assured this is not even close to an event for contraction . Even using the outlandish scenario that the person was hiv+ , and did leqve blood on the bottle , the virus very quickly dies or is neutralized when exposed to air .
Everyone can try a liittle experiment , go cup some hydrogen peroxide and comence to wash your hands with it , you'll see white , remember mom's training to wash your hands after toilet and before meals , and the health warnings ,especially during flu season , germs are here always , fighting them is our immune systems job , and it does it well . Throw hiv in the mix , not so good .
Congats on getting tested , even just randomly , it's a self confidence way to approach any new sex partner and demand the same . . . .Remain well. . .

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      #251417 - 07/29/10 11:26 PM

not a risk. please see:

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      #251423 - 07/30/10 04:14 PM

Thanx for both answers. Take care.

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