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Can You Get HIV From Touching A Bloody Scab

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HIV from my own semen touching a scab

Is there a possibility of me getting HIVs or any STI from semen from me, touching my own scab that is pretty much fully healed, and I washed my hands right after. Any possibility?...
Shannon Southall

Response from Shannon Southall

Rocky Mountain CARES
HiYou cannot get HIV from yourself. HIV transmission can only occur when there is a direct and prolonged exposure to body fluids, semen, vaginal fluid, blood or mother to child through breast feeding. This most commonly occurs through unprotected... Read more »

Contact with a patient with HIV, fresh blood touched my scab

Hello Erik! Thanks for answering our questions. I work as a technician in surgery and came in... Read more »

OCD update - bloody towels, bloody toilet, bloody everything

Dr. Bob,Im one of the paranoid OCD people who seem to swarm to you. HIV is a common fear for... Read more »
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Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

HBO's "Angels in America" Could Provoke "Bloody" Debate Over Reagan's Handling of AIDS Epidemic, Opinion Piece Says

HBO 's adaptation of Tony Kushner's play "Angels in America ," the first segment of which is set to air on Dec. 7, is a "searing indictment of how the Reagan administration's long silence stoked the plague of AIDS in the 1980s" and "[i]f [it]... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV Awareness Gets MTV Touch

MTV will reach out to teens and young adults today on World AIDS Day by airing two programs on HIV/AIDS. The shows, which feature pop stars Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake, are being supplemented by MTV's news broadcasts and its campaign... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

"We Feel So Attached to Them": Med Student Overcomes Fear of HIV to Cuddle Children and Touch the Dying in the Slums of India

Prior to starting her second year of medical studies at University of Alberta (UA) this fall, Aisha Khatib is spending this summer working as an HIV/AIDS educator in Pune, India. Khatib is working for the Deep Griha Society in Pune, which is south... Read more »
UNAIDS

60 Million Africans Have Been Touched by AIDS, Says UNAIDS Executive Director

Maputo -- By continuing to devastate Africa's economies, communities, and development, HIV/AIDS has undoubtedly become Africa's biggest challenge. "Sixty million Africans have been touched by AIDS in the most immediate way. They are either living... Read more »
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Blemishes and scabs- HIV?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I had a low risk exsposure. I have a bunch of little neeldepoint-sized scabs all over my legs and arms, and I have many small light brown blemishes. Are these HIV symptoms? Read more »

shaking someone's bloody hand

Posted by 613, 2 Replies
2 years ago at a concert, this guy cut him self in a mosh pit. He shook my hand and had blood on it. Freaking out, I washed it off using water. I dont think they had soap, and I was not actively bleeding either.

What's my risk? Read more »

bloody surface

Posted by adrian18, 1 Reply
Hello,

Yesterday I removed snow from the driveway with a shovel, that wasn't mine.
Outside were about 0 degrees Celsius. The shovel was broken in the middle, and it was held together with some scotch tape.

After 30 minutes of working, in the right hand... Read more »

Bloody semen

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Just before Christmas 2004, I began to have fevers and headaches that recurred every three or four days. These bouts became more severe as time went on and by mid-January I was beginning to lose weight and becoming fatigued. Unfortunately, I was... Read more »