Casual Contact Blood Cuts On Hand

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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV Transmission

... Can HIV be transmitted by kissing? Can HIV be transmitted by human bite? Can HIV be transmitted by being scratched? Can HIV be transmitted by being spit on by an HIV-infected person? Can I get HIV from casual contact (shaking hands, hugging, using a toilet, drinking from the same glass, or the sneezing and coughing of an infected person)? Can I get HIV from mosquitoes? Can I get HIV while playing sports? Has HIV been...
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transmission thru casual blood contact

Why is it a miniscule risk when someone comes in contact with infected blood. Many people have microscopic cuts on their hands. Why aren't more health workers infected?I was also wondering if their is a percentage of people that have been infected...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

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

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...Because HIV is not transmitted that easily. This should be reassuring to those who are concerned about contact that does not involve sex or needle-sharing.RMK 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 bloodcontact 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 »

cut on hand in public bathroom

I had a little tiny hangnail on my finger and cut it off. There was at that point a minute cut on my hand, it was not bleeding but it was a little sore. A couple of hours later I used a public bathroom at the mall. This bathroom has been known as...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

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

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...the epidemiological knowledge of HIV and its transmission, there is no evidence that HIV has been transmitted through casual contact/contact with objects in the day-to-day environment. It's important to remember that HIV is only known to be... Read more »

casual contact

Has hep-c been shown to be transmitted via a handshake? would both indviduals have to have 'bleeding' cuts?...any documented cases this way?....thanks
Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

Response from Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

New York University, School of Medicine
...I have never seen a case transmitted that way. Both persons hands would need to have open bleeding cuts and the blood would have to be exchanged for there to be any risk whatsoever. There have been cases of transmision in barroom brawls, where Read more »
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The Well Project

HIV Transmission

...fluids: Sweat Tears Saliva (spit) The spread of HIV can be prevented! There are ways to avoid, or at least reduce, contact with body fluids that spread HIV. This info sheet explains how. Methods of Transmission In the past, HIV was... Read more »
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Stopping the Spread of HIV

...breast milk from a woman who is not infected to feed their babies. Fact Sheet 611 has more information on HIV and pregnancy. Contact With Blood HIV is one of many diseases that can be transmitted by blood. Be careful if you are helping someone... Read more »
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...HIV, there is no risk. An "undetectable viral load" (see Fact Sheet 125 ) does NOT mean "no HIV infection." If there is no contact with blood or sexual fluids , there is no risk. HIV needs to get into the body for infection to occur. Safer... Read more »
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HIV and Safer Sex

...barrier, avoid getting precum, semen, or vaginal fluids in your mouth. Avoid vaginal oral sex during menstruation to prevent contact with blood. Bad oral hygiene (bleeding gums, ulcers, gum disease) can make oral sex much riskier. Use a mint... Read more »
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