risk of getting hiv from small peeling skin and red thin skin around the nail?

Question

i have a question for you mister shannon r.shouthall. Would a small peeling skin near your nail consider an open wound(not bleeding of hurt)? Or the skin around the nail which always a little red and thin,even hurt when you press it since you have a bad habit to bite the skin around the nail all the time,can this consider a wound? i myself had touched blood from a woman's cloth when helped her got up when she fell from her motorbike with the finger that i 've described above.(not much blood,and the blood isn't very wet,i guess she had it like 10 mintues earlier and then she fell again at the time i helped her, since it looked quite new). Am i at risk of getting hiv?

Answer

Hi There has never been a known case of HIV transmission by fingering or any other sort of hand-genital contact. A cut risks HIV only if large, deep, and actively bleeding. The reason being is that HIV is looking for cells to replicate themselves that are further inside our bodies and not at the skin layer. There would also have to be a signficant amount of fluid.

HIV transmission can only occur when there is a direct and prolonged exposure to body fluids, semen, vaginal fluid, blood or mother to child through breast feeding. This most commonly occurs through unprotected vaginal or anal sex and sharing of needles. Casual contact, sharing utensils, drinking after someone, etc are not way for HIV transmission to occur. If you go to this link HIV101 it will take you to our page that talks about the ways in which HIV is and is not transmitted.

Be well and stay safe, Shannon