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Racine, WI
A 22-year-old male asked:

I was washing my hands with soap and touched what looked like blood in a public bathroom. i dont have any cuts on my hands. hiv risk?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 54 years experience
Zero risk for sure: First, nobody ever catches HIV from a contaminated environment; it has never been known to happen, regardless of contact with infected blood, for example. Second, soap instantaneously kills the virus; blood on soap cannot transmit infection. To avoid HIV for your entire life, select sex partners wisely, use condoms if possible risk, and don't share drug injection equipment with others. That's all.
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