Can You Get AIDS From Someone's Blood Touching Your Open Sore?
November 4, 2015
HIV transmissions as a result of one person's blood entering another person's open sore or wound are theoretically possible, but in practice hardly ever happen. Only a handful of cases have ever been documented.
Assessing the Risk
It's true that if an HIV-positive person's blood enters the bloodstream of another person, HIV may be passed on. For example, this often happens when syringes and needles used to inject drugs are shared. Transmission following limited contact -- for example, blood touching an open sore -- is much less likely.
If you are concerned about an incident in which you had contact with another person's blood, it's worth noting a few points:
It's also worth asking yourself if you have any reason to believe that the person who shed the blood is living with HIV.
More on HIV Transmission Risks at TheBody.com
Our Q&A experts sometimes address questions about open wounds and transmission in our "Ask the Experts" forums. Here are some of those questions and our experts' responses:
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