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what is the likelihood?
      #5163 - 06/08/00 09:51 PM

Okay, I know you all are probably going to laugh at me, but I just HAVE to ask someone....here is my story.

My husband works for a local tow truck company. On May 28, he was called out to an accident. When he reached into the customers car to release the gears in the transmission, his arm lightly brushed up against the airbag. Unbeknownst to him, the guy had bled on the airbag, and my hubby got a small smear of blood on his arm. After scrubbing and cleansing, he checked for any scratches or scabs. He found none. He came home and told me about it, and I have been totally freaked ever since. I am consumed by thoughts of HIV, and am even a little scared to make love with my husband.

I guess what really freaked me out is that they guy who got in the accident is gay. Who knows if he is infected with HIV or not!!!

So here are my questions: 1) Is it POSSIBLE to get exposed to HIV via skin contact with blood even though no open wounds were visible? and 2) I have heard that the HIV virus dies when exposed to air. Is that true? 3) I also have heard that the HIV virus dies when it the blood drops below a certain temperature. Is that true?

I ask about the virus dying withing a time frame because it had been probably at least 45 mins. to an hour from the time of the accident to the time that my husband got the blood on his arm.

Now, here we sit, 11 days later, and my husband called me earlier today and told me he has a sore throat. That is why I am FINALLY asking someone my questions. He is not worried about exposure. He doesn't even think about it at all. I, on the other hand, am a worrier by nature...therefore, I tend to obsess about things I have no control over. I am sure I am over-reacting, but I would like some peace of mind. Please, can someone respond??? Thank you.



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Re: what is the likelihood? new
      #5182 - 06/09/00 12:19 AM

This is kind of a technical question. The general rule is that there cannot be infection unless you get the bodily fluid INTO your body and INTO your own blood stream. This is next to impossible (if not impossible) through unbroken skin.

I would contact the CDC or a doctor to make sure, but a layperson's opinion is that your husband is fine!

Best of luck!

As for the comment about the driver being gay, however, the remark was somewhat inappropriate.



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Re: what is the likelihood? new
      #5183 - 06/09/00 12:28 AM

I am sorry, I didn't mean to imply anything about the gay man. I was just including it as a background for the situation. Sorry if I offended anyone. I hate stereotyping, and that was NOT my intention. Thanks for replying!



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Re: what is the likelihood? new
      #5191 - 06/09/00 02:38 AM

there is nothing wrong with being gay.. so lighten up and don't be so defensive... ok



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THE CDC new
      #5194 - 06/09/00 02:52 AM

Why dont you just call the CDC and tell them how possible is to get the hiv virus through skin. Is skin as safe as a condom? If the hiv virus is so infinitely small does that mean that even the lightest not even noticiable small and tiny cut on your skin would lead an access to the virus?



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THE CDC new
      #5195 - 06/09/00 02:53 AM

Why dont you just call the CDC and tell them how possible is to get the hiv virus through skin. Is skin as safe as a condom? If the hiv virus is so infinitely small does that mean that even the lightest not even noticiable small and tiny cut on your skin would lead an access to the virus? I think those questions could be great if answered by an extremist and conservative agency like the CDC.



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