A 29-year-old male asked:
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I have small cuts on my hand from my eczema. Can i get HIV if i shake someones hand who does have it?

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Dr. Charles Sturgis
28 years experience in Pathology
Highly unlikely: Hiv is transmitted by directly sharing infected body fluids such as blood or sexual ejaculate fluid. It would be highly unlikely to transmit HIV by handshake, even if you have small cuts. The other person (with hiv) would need to be actively bleeding into your small cuts.
Answered on Apr 21, 2018

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Highly unlikely: HIV requires blood to blood contact . Unless your hands are bleeding , there is no risk of contracting HIV in this manner.

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