HIV from a turf burn?

Question

I was playing soccer the other night on turf and I did a slide tackle and now I have a 6 inch long and 3 inch wide nasty turf burn on my shin and a cut on my knee. I'm just worried because I know people spit all over the turf and also bleed on it.. So could I be infected if some of this spit or blood was on the turf where I slid? Thanks. PS: it's only 24 hours since the incident so should I go get PEP?

Answer

Thanks for your question,

There is absolutely no risk for HIV from this. Even if the turf burn you got was a good way for HIV to get inside your body, there wouldn't have been any HIV on the ground to infect you. HIV does not survive outside the human body for long AT ALL.

Hope this helps,

Erik