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AIDS InfoNet

Stopping the Spread of HIV

...infection, you should take steps to prevent getting infected. People recently infected (within the past 2 or 3 months) are most likely to transmit HIV to others. This is when their viral load is the highest. In general, the risk of transmission is higher with higher viral loads. This fact sheet provides an overview of HIV prevention, and refers you to other fact sheets for more details on specific topics. Sexual Activity You can avoid any...
Ask the Experts

Panic Attack: Possible Contact With A Customer's Blood

I work at a Movie Rental store and I found a stolen movie that I had no idea had blood on it until I was told by one of my co-workers who noticed it on the movie. I received a tiny cut earlier this week in the palm of my hand, before this incident...
Nancy Breuer

Response from Nancy Breuer

WorkPositive, Inc.
...risk for HIV. HIV deteriorates as soon as it hits oxygen. If your cut had been open and fresh, there would have been a small risk of exposure to hepatitis B, which likes dried blood just fine, thank you. But it would have taken moisture (your... Read more »

blood on hands

I was recently exposed to the blood of a known HIV+,HCV+, and HBV+ individual in a health care setting. Only a small amount of blood got on my hand and I had no visible cuts/wounds on my hand (at least that I could see). Immediately after the...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...totally safe, so wearing protective latex gloves when working in a healthcare setting is advisable.Since you did have blood contact with a person who is known to be infected with HIV and hepatitis B and C, it would still be advisable to get a... Read more »

Concerned about cut on hand!!

I am a roofing contractor and often have various cuts on my hands, in addition to being a finger nail biter (which I am trying to stop). Upon shaking hands w/ an individual, my right uncovered, thumb nail was much too short, thus I am concerned that...
Nancy Breuer

Response from Nancy Breuer

WorkPositive, Inc.
...A roofing contractor needs to be able to concentrate on the job!Your handshake did not put you at risk. In a handshake, the risk of transmitting blood would likely be palm to palm, and both people would have to have fresh, bleeding cuts. In fact,... Read more »

Contact con mestruation blood

Dear Mr KullIf someone get in contact (hands or fingers) with a women mestruation blood, hiv+ , could get infected?What about if any cut in those fingers that touched that mestruation blood?Thanks
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...You are only at risk for HIV infection through contact with HIV infected blood if the blood had direct access to your mucous membranes or bloodstream. Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV Transmission

...injecting drugs? Is there a connection between HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases? Are health care workers at risk of getting HIV on the job? Are patients in a health care setting at risk of getting HIV? Have people been... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Safer Sex Guidelines

...fluids , there is no risk. HIV needs to get into the body for infection to occur. Safer sex guidelines are ways to reduce the risk of spreading HIV during sexual activity. Unsafe Activities Unsafe sex has a high risk of spreading HIV. The... Read more »
The Well Project

HIV Transmission effective this method really is in reducing transmission. It is best to use fresh needles each time. This eliminates any risk of infection. Many cities offer free needle exchange programs. Tattoos or body piercings should always be done by... Read more »
The Well Project

HIV and Safer Sex

...helps condoms feel better.) Do not use oil-based lubes like Vaseline, Crisco, or baby oil with condoms because they increase the risk of the condom breaking. If you're not going to use condoms, try to reduce the friction by using a lot of lube... Read more »
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Blood on hands= HIV?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...Last week I went to a concert and there a guy busted his head open. I didnt come into contact with him and they took him off to get it checked. A few minutes later I saw him and we shook hands because we thought the band Read more »

Can anyone judge my risk?

Posted by biznoch, 3 Replies a virgin, but of course i cant be 100% sure. She is asian american and immigrated from china ( i have heard this is high risk) . I later experianced a rash that look like claw marks or something, it went away after a few days. what is really... Read more »

Do help me out here. Thanks.

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...accidentally touched the things he touched, would it be considered direct or indirect contact? 2. Would such contact be high risk, low risk or no risk in this case? Please help. Thanks. Read more »

Contact with blood and scared!

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...noticed one of the guy's fingers was bleeding (very weird!) and about 20 minutes after they left I saw a couple mostly-dried bloodspots on the counter, about the size of fingerprints. I got a Clorox disinfectant wipe to clean it up but I didn't... Read more »