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Touching A Bloody Scab Risks

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Contact with a patient with HIV, fresh blood touched my scab

Hello Erik! Thanks for answering our questions. I work as a technician in surgery and came in contact with a patient who claimed he was HIV+. As per usual, universal precautions called for gloves, however, the pt had a pinprick that leaked onto...
Erik Glenn, M.A.

Response from Erik Glenn, M.A.

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Thanks for your question,There is no risk from what you're talking about. None.You had no significant openings into your body into which a significant amount of blood entered. Nothing like that in fact. You could make <i>some</i>... Read more »

OCD update - bloody towels, bloody toilet, bloody everything

Dr. Bob,Im one of the paranoid OCD people who seem to swarm to you. HIV is a common fear for... Read more »

Is a bloody handshake a risk for hiv?

I recently shook hands with somebody who had a fairly recent cut on their palm. It didn't look... Read more »
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Sharing, Caring and Touching Lives . . .

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Sex in the Age of AIDS

Physical intimacy is as essential to well-being as proper nourishment. All human beings need to touch and be touched -- and people with HIV may need that contact more than most, because all too often they are denied their fair share of physical... Read more »
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Blemishes and scabs- HIV?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I had a low risk exsposure. I have a bunch of little neeldepoint-sized scabs all over my legs and arms, and I have many small light brown blemishes. Are these HIV symptoms? Read more »

Bloody Nose While Kissing

Posted by Sharpie, 1 Reply
Hello. I was recently kissing a guy and when I pulled back he noticed he had a bloody nose. His blood got on my face around the upper lip and nose area. While he says he is negative, I want to be sure if I should get tested or not. Is there a risk... Read more »

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.

What's my risk? Read more »

bloody surface

Posted by adrian18, 1 Reply
Hello,

Yesterday I removed snow from the driveway with a shovel, that wasn't mine.
Outside were about 0 degrees Celsius. The shovel was broken in the middle, and it was held together with some scotch tape.

After 30 minutes of working, in the right hand... Read more »