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A 29-year-old male asked:

To get hiv from blood contact, open sore means what? deep bleeding cut or superficial cut or surface cut .

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Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 58 years experience
All of the above: An open skin surface makes direct transmission possible and the deeper the cut , the more contact with the blood.
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 54 years experience
Low risk, no worries: I suspect you are over-interpeting the term "open cut" and its association with HIV. To my knowledge, except for injuries of medical personnel with HIV contaminated sharp instruments, there has never been a reported case of HIV that was believed to have been aquired because a cut was exposed to the virus. There has been no research on exposed cuts and HIV risk, but it's mostly just theoretical.

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