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Risks Of Contracting HIV From Blood On Hand

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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV Transmission

...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 transmitted...
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dried blood on an HIV patient

Hi dr. Bob! Im a nurse, and i received a patient from the ER with penile bleeding. He is HIV+, and as i introduced myself to him, he shook my hand and while talking to him i noticed that his hand is covered with dried blood. I immediately went to a...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...six months, if you remain concerned. The odds are astronomically in your favor that you did not contract HIV from this bloody handshake.Be well.Dr. Bob Read more »

Could i contract HIV?

Dear Doctor Bob, I should start by saying that i have a really bad case of OCD. my story is this...i went to the supermarket and used one of those touch screen self check outs. When i got home, i washed my hands a couple of times with antibacterial...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...right? Of course right!So to sum up, touching the touch screen self-checkout at the local Piggly Wiggly and then washing your hands "a couple of times" and then touching the string of your tampon, which touches your "intimates" carries absolutely... Read more »

Blood got on my hand and I can't function....

Hello DoctorIm at my wits end. My panic attacks have culminated due to a new incident involving blood from an unknown source, and now I basically want to drive my car into a tree just to escape these worries. Can you please help me? Heres the...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hello,HIV cannot permeate intact skin. Your fears of "microscopic cuts too small to be seen" are irrational and unwarranted. Your HIV-acquisition Read more »


Dear Dr Robert,How are you.Went swimming with my 2 year old daughter and while swimming in the baby pool I saw a band aid with blood on it. Someone took it out of the pool immediately. Is there any risk of HIV transmission through that? Myself and...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hello Mimi,There is absolutely no risk of contracting HIV while in a swimming pool, even if someone was bleeding.Dr. Bob Read more »
The Well Project

Women and HIV/AIDS

...women differently in some ways: When women are first diagnosed, they tend to have lower viral loads (amount of HIV in the blood) compared to men who are newlydiagnosed Women generally have a faster disease progression, and lower CD4... Read more »
The Well Project

Understanding HIV-Related Lab Tests I: Complete Blood Count and Blood Chemistry

... Lab Tests Are Important Tools The Basics Complete Blood Count (CBC) Blood Chemistry (Chemistry or Chem Screens) The Bottom Line Lab Tests Are Important Tools Having regular Read more »
AIDS Foundation of Chicago

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

...cannot live for very long outside the body. Therefore, the virus is not transmitted through day-to-day activities such as shaking hands, hugging, or even kissing. You cannot become infected from a toilet seat, drinking fountain, doorknob, dishes,... Read more »
The Body

Three Reasons Why Criminalizing HIV Is So Wrong

...responsibility." Currently, there are no statutes explicitly criminalizing HIV transmission or exposure in DC but in the right hands of a paranoid, uninformed "advocate" that could all change. Here are three reasons why the criminalization of... Read more »
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is this a risk?

Posted by mslatinpear, 1 Reply
...blood test. i'm very worried that I could have contracted HIV or something from the blood on the chair. She didn't wash her hands between wiping the blood with the alcohol wipes and using a new wipe on me. what if she had gotten something on... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...penis was a nono. i did penetrated him with a dildo he had. the only thing that worries me is that i touch, hold the dildo in my hand while penetrating him. there was no condom on the dildo, or a glove on my hand. after realizing his scars i did... Read more »

possible eye exposure?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...Hello. I would like to know if there is risk in the following situation which I experienced a few months ago. I have a fear to blood and contracting HIV for the last couple of years, just for your info. A few months a go, on a warm day I went... Read more »

Worried Sick.. Is Yeast Infectious for HIV? (Long)

Posted by kdman, 1 Reply
...the muscle aches and fatigue are gone (only lasted 2-3 weeks). However, I still feel cold chills, and I have constantly cold hands and feet. I've read that the main cause of these can be anxiety, due to vasoconstriction during chronic stress... Read more »