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Open Wound Risks

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How do you define an open wound?

Dear Doc,I have donated to your association a few times. I believe that more efforts should be done to battle HIV. I wrote in a few times but not every time I have gotten a reply. I understand how busy you are but I really hope I can get your advice...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,If HIV-infected fluids came into contact with "non-intact" skin, there would be a theoretical risk for HIV transmission. In your case of cat scratches followed by being grabbed by a few naughty ladies from Shady Lane, the HIV-transmission risk... Read more »

Open Wound...Please Please Answer!

Hello Dr. Bob,I am panicking and I'm not sure if I am justified in doing so. I recently cut my leg... Read more »

Open Wound

Dear DocI posted this question earlier but with an incorrect e-mail address. hence the... Read more »
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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Texas: HIV Cases Triple in County

...each in 2008 and 2007. More than 30 syphilis cases have been diagnosed in the first nine months of 2009. "Syphilis increases open wounds, which leads to a higher risk of contracting HIV," said Jamie Parker, the STD section chief for the county... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV Transmission

...is no risk of transmission from scratching because there is no transfer of body fluids between individuals. Any person with open wounds should have them treated as soon as possible. Can HIV be transmitted by being spit on by an HIV-infected... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Stopping the Spread of HIV

How Do You Get Infected With HIV? How Can You Protect Yourself and Others? What If I've Been Exposed? The Bottom Line How Do You Get Infected With HIV? The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is not spread easily. You can only get... Read more »
The Well Project

HIV Transmission

Table of Contents How HIV Spreads Methods of Transmission Re-Using and Sharing Needles Unprotected/Unsafe Sex Mother-to-Child Transmission Rare Types of Transmission How HIV Is, and Is Not, Transmitted How HIV Spreads Many... Read more »
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OPEN WOUND

Posted by anxious92, 3 Replies
1.yesterday, i noticed that i had two little dots that were only like 5 times the size of this . each. and i saw there was a sliver of blood the length of this l and half as wide as this o; now what concerns me is that 16 hours after this, i... Read more »

Toilet Safety/Open Wounds

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
My son is coming to see us. He has HIV and Chrohns disease and has blood in his stool, my wife has bleeding hemroids and I have had a boil near my butt lanced and is opened to drain. Since we all have something bleeding going on what precautions... Read more »

OCD myself to death

Posted by 9514, 1 Reply
...with ten other guys and had a open bleeding wound 1 inch by to 2 inches on inside right forearm. did not let any body touch open wound but put open wound on open dirty tables touched door knobs and toilet seats with dirty fingers and put arm... Read more »

this may be a risk. please answer

Posted by worried17, 2 Replies
today i was at a zoo and i didnt notice i got a scrape until about 3 hours later. there was also a dot of dry blood about the size of this o on the wound. what would be the risk of hiv if it wasnt my blood but hiv + blood? do i ne ed to get tested? ... Read more »