Risks Of Contracting HIV From Shaking Hands

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Does the blood have to be noticable?

I read an archive where someone shook hands with an HIV+ man who had severly dry and peeling hands. You said there was no risk, unless fresh blood-to-fresh blood. What exactly does that entail? Like the 2 people have to have cut eachother at the...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...blood stream. The infected blood gains access via non-intact skin (an open skin wound).Your risk of contractingHIV from shakinghands with an HIVer who had "horrible peeling and dry palms" is nonexistent, particularly because you didn't even... Read more »

Very concerned and would like your advice!

Hello Dr. McGovern,I am attending an event where I will have contact with a family member who is a... Read more »

Can you please confirm my research? I am trying to educate my community about HIV.

Hello Doctor Frascino,I am such an admirer of yours that I have decided to follow in your... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV Transmission

...scratched? Can HIV be transmitted by being spit on by an HIV-infected person? Can I get HIV from casual contact (shakinghands, hugging, using a toilet, drinking from the same glass, or the sneezing and coughing of an infected person)? ... 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 shakinghands, hugging, or even kissing. You cannot become infected from a toilet seat, drinking fountain, doorknob, dishes,... Read more »
The Well Project

Women and HIV/AIDS

...Conclusion A Look at the Numbers Over 25 years have passed since the first diagnosis of AIDS in America.While there were a handful of women among the first cases, AIDS was thought toprimarily affect gay men. However, as the years passed,... Read more »
The Well Project

Oral Sex: What's the Real Risk for HIV?

...on a man (try the unlubricated, flavoredones). If you perform oral sex without a condom, finish up with your hand, or spitsemen out and rinse with a mouthwash rather than swallowing. Use a dental dam or cut-open... 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 »

Desperately seeking answers

Posted by scared_stiff_to, 5 Replies
...remainder having protected vaginal intercourse. Positive the condom didn't break or have any damage that I was aware of - washed my hands before leaving and don't recall seeing any obvious blood - should mention that she was very dry. Soon... Read more »

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

Posted by AIDSvideos
...HIV positive but your viral load is undetectable, you cannot spread HIV; AIDS can be spread by kissing, hugging, or shakinghands; if you have HIV, you can cure it by having sex with a virgin; every individual with HIV will eventually develop... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...crazy trying to think of anything, anything else that could be possible, but you don't get it from a doctors office or shakinghands or hugging or kissing, right? Are there some people who have absolutely no idea how they contracted it? Could I... Read more »
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