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Hiv from a cut (handshake)

Posted by randallcunn12, 1 Reply
The other day I was having a yard sale. While I was showing a lady and item our hands touched. When I looked at her finger I noticed she had a band aid on . Assuming there was blood on the band aid or if it moved and exposed her cut would there be a... Read more »

HIV risk from a handshake with a tiny cut

Posted by mountainman1970, 1 Reply
hi there. first i must say I have terrible anxiety over this possible exposure. 10 days ago, i was at a barber shop with my father. he was getting his hair cut. the barber was gay. afterwards the barber came over to me and shook my hand. i didnt... Read more »

small cut could get HIV?

Posted by ririn, 1 Reply
Hi... i was having a small cut yesterday.. this morning my friend was having nosebleeding and i helped her wipe the blood with tissue paper. If there is chance that my friend is HIV positive, and if my small cut happened to be in contact with the... Read more »

small cut and infection

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I am curious on the likelyhood of transmission. I had masturbated another guy, and he had precummed, he did not fully ejaculate. It was brief. Anyways I had bit my nails a couple hours before this, and later that night I noticed some minor... Read more »
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Handshake with HIV+

Hi Ryan,recently I shook hands with an HIV infected person. What makes me worry sick is that I had a small open sore in my hand. Now I have had rash (off/on) for three weeks on my arms/legs and stomach. Do you recommend testing?...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

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

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
Testing is not recommended. There is no evidence that HIV is spread during casual contact with an HIV infected person. Casual contact includes handshaking, hugging, sharing the same bathroom, eating the same food, and other day-to-day activities... Read more »

Stressful handshake

Minutes ago, I noticed two small cuts on my middle finger near the end of the finger, the joint. So yesterday (or few hours ago) 2 of my moms friend came over to our house. I handshake them twice (one time when they arrived and the second time when...
Richard Cordova III

Response from Richard Cordova III

Test Positive Aware Network
Hi there:Transmission of HIV is not possible from casual contact like this. You were not at risk. You mentioned that you have OCD. Has this been diagnosed? Have you spoken with a counselor or therapist about your anxiety and paranoia? Oftentimes,... Read more »

Can a handshake if having a cut would be an entry of Hiv

Ok, here my scenerio, I work for a lasik company for people who want surgery in their eyes and not wear contact or glasses. I am a patient care couselor & read the chart patients fill in for medical history. 1 one day before, i cut my index...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi.I don't think you've been misdiagnosed! I, too, think you are completely looney tunes crazy. HIV is not transmitted via a handshake, even if you had a day-old cut. Whatever is causing your symptoms, one thing is certain: it's not... Read more »

handshake followup

you were kind enough to put in perspective my odds of contracting HIV from one handshake--zero....but I am horrified that I may have been at risk of HEP-C..which you failed to mention....again~here's the scenario-I had small-48 hour old...
Nancy Breuer

Response from Nancy Breuer

WorkPositive, Inc.
Hep C is harder to transmit than Hep B, is rarely transmitted sexually, and seems to prefer needles. In short, it's harder to acquire than hep B. What you describe runs a Hep c risk about the same size as the HIV risk, in my opinion. In the... Read more »
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California: Small Pharmacy Offers Help to HIV Patients

A small pharmacy on East Palm Canyon Drive in Cathedral City has remained successful competing with larger area drug stores partly because of its size but primarily due to its specialization in HIV drugs and treatment. The pharmacy, owned by the... Read more »