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Risks Of Contracting AIDS From Shaking Hands

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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV Transmission

...CDC has not yet been able to establish how the transmission took place. No additional studies have found any evidence of transmission from provider to patient in health care settings. CDC has documented rare cases of patients contracting HIV in health care settings from infected donor tissue. Most of these cases occurred due to failures in following universal precautions and infection control guidelines. Most also occurred early in the HIV...
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New surgeon with some questions

HI dr bob. I have a general question for you. I'm a surgeon and have recently finished my residency training. As I am in the OR a lot I frequently used sharp instruments, needles, blades... Over my career thus far it has happened to me several...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation your specific questions:1. Yes, you are definitely "overanalyzing." It must be you are harboring some irrational fears of contracting HIV. (You do understand, for instance, your risk for contracting hepatitis is much higher, right?)2. Yes, if... Read more »

HIV counselor

I help counsel and find shelters for those who are infected with HIV and have little to no income. I had one question..I recently shook hands with a man whom I help. He is HIV Positive and he had terribly dry and peeling hands. Let's just say he had...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hi Counselor,The HIV-transmission/acquisition risk would involve direct fresh blood-to-fresh blood contact. Shaking hands with someone who has dry, peeling hands is not an HIV risk, even if you had some non-bleeding healing cuts or wounds. A... Read more »

worried....pls help....asking for 4th time

Dear doctor,I appreciate your good work & may god bless with long and healthier life. I searched the archives & couldnt find any post same like this. I'm writing for the fourth time. If its a QTND then pls forgive me. I always practice safe sex. Im...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hello Ravi,Your HIV-acquisition risk is nonexistent. I agree with your local doctor. HIV is really much more difficult to contract than many people realize. From the description of your sexperience, there is no feasible way an adequate amount of... Read more »

Casual Nightmare

I was walking out of a restaurant the other night and a homeless man was waiting outside my truck. He approached my group of friends and asked who drove the my truck. I told him i did and he preceded to shake my hand (Not conscious of consequence)....
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hi,Twenty-seven years into the HIV/AIDS pandemic and you are worried about contracting it from a handshake from a homeless guy??? WOWZA! Tell me it isn't so! Our HIV-awareness-and-education efforts really can't have Read more »
AIDS Foundation of Chicago

The Faith in Prevention Training Manual: Tools for Your HIV/AIDS Ministry

...years in some individuals. Symptoms of HIV also overlap the symptoms of other illness. If a person feels they are at risk for contracting HIV or have been exposed to the virus the only way to be 100% sure is to be tested. AIDS-defining diagnosis.... Read more »
The Well Project

Women and HIV/AIDS 2006. Heterosexual sex is the most common mode of transmissionamong women in the US. Nearly three quarters of HIV+ women contracted the virusthrough sex with an HIV+ man. Heterosexual sex is also the main source of HIVtransmission for women... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV/AIDS Among Hispanics/Latinos

...drugs or alcohol. The presence of certain sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can significantly increase one's chances of contracting HIV infection. A person who has both HIV infection and certain STDs has a greater chance of infecting others... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

How to Spot HIV/AIDS Fraud

...are some questions to ask about HIV treatments: Can you give me some written information about the product? Which company manufactures this product? How can I contact them? Did the Food and Drug Administration approve this product or... Read more »
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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. Read more »

Free video: "Top Ten Myths About HIV/AIDS"

Posted by AIDSvideos be concerned about HIV/AIDS; if you have HIV and are sexually active, you no longer need to practice safer sex; you can't contract HIV through oral sex; you can't get HIV from one sexual encounter; a woman cannot spread HIV to another woman by... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...are they common in people living with hiv? i have been trembling quite a bit.............. Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...A user in the other section said she sat on a needle and got HIV, its very possible and it has happened before, my question is has anyone ever heard of this happening ? and do they know anyone Read more »