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Hiv From Touching Blood
Depends: Only if their blood touches your cut hand (or mucus membrane). ...Read more
Hiv infection is caused by a retrovirus....This retrovirus binds to CD4 cells (for the most part). You may detect the virus by several different methods. An elisa test (enzyme linked immunosorbent assay). You may also detect it by doing a test referred to as a western blot (a gel protein electrophoresis). Thirdly by pcr (polymerase chain reaction) which ...Read more
HIV Blood spill risk: From a needle stick with blood from someone who is HIV infected the risk is 0.3%. The risk from a blood spill of HIV on a skin surface that is intact is infinitesimally low. The area should be thoroughly washed after exposure and if it is healthcare related reported to your supervisor and employee health. If it is outside the healthcare environment you may consider testing (everyone should be!). ...Read more
I know HIV can be transmitted by blood to cut I don't know how is it blood touching the cut on skin or by being pricked into skin. I have shallow cuts?
What happened?: If HIV is in someone else's blood and it come into contact with your blood or immune cells, there is a risk of HIV infection. It is unclear to me what happened to you. But if you have any concern just get tested. If you are HIV antibody negative more than 3 months after exposure you probably were not infected. ...Read more
No unless...: You have open sore on your hand when you touch blood. ...Read more
Unlikely: This is yet another far-from-real-life question expressing concern about HIV and hepatitis c transmission. It's difficult for pathogens to get through the fibrin meshwork that seals a cut. And what are you doing getting fresh blood on your hands? Most of your questions are unrealistic, but if you had heavy blood contamination like this, really, get with your physician about HIV & be more careful. ...Read more
Touching blood on a toilet seat and then your genitals for seconds, the outer surface of them, can you get hiv?
No: Not likely, very unlikelyGet a more detailed answer ›
How hard is it to contract HIV? Touching a contaminated surface but no blood or bloodily fluids and then you mastrubate or finger yourself lead to HIV?
At Walmart I was looking at curtains, one of them had fresh blood all over it and I was touching it. It got all over my hand. I have cuts. HIV Risk?
Touching blood on a toilet seat and then, after having urinated, lack of paper, touching your genitals, the outer surface, can you get HIV?
Touching blood on a toilet seat and then your genitals, the outer surface of them, after having peed, lack of paper, can you get hiv?
Can someone get HIV from getting blood on there finger and under the nail no cuts? Contact was from touching sumones hand who already had blood
No, but...: You're shaking hands with somebody with blood on their hand and you get a fleck of blood under your nail? And you're asking about HIV infection? Whatever really happened, if you have a realistic fear of having contracted HIV (and a fear in this situation is not realistic), get with your personal physician for the blood work. I know that SOMETHING happened and you're scared. Be brave. Get tested. ...Read more
LO is 6m old & at the docs she was touching the bin where they put used needles. I then noticed she had blood on hands, face & mouth. Risk of HIV?
How strange: Please let that doctor or his /her office know this promptly. Bottom line is that there are other blood borne pathogens that can be spread when blood products are in the mouth. Was it the doctor or your infant who had the blood in mouth and on face and hands? How did a six month old come in contact with a bin of contaminated materials? ...Read more
HIV risk with Blood:
There could be two answers to this question. First, it is near impossible to get HIV today in the western world from a blood transfusion. Blood banks have instituted significant safety measures to prevent this from happening.
And, then with direct exposure to blood from a human that is infected with hiv. This, today, would be the high risk and dangerous exposure. ...Read more
Not quantity: We know what's dangerous and what isn't. Sharing needles is an efficient way of transmitting HIV though the volume is infinitesimal. Nobody's ever gotten HIV from being splashed with blood so far as I know. Your concern about HIV is very appropriate but I'm concerned that any answer could give you a false sense of security. ...Read more
HIV detection: Hiv is most commonly diagnosed by testing your blood or saliva for the presence of antibodies to the virus. Unfortunately, these types of HIV tests aren't accurate immediately after infection because it takes time for your body to develop these antibodies, usually up to 12 weeks. In rare cases, it can take up to six months for an HIV antibody test to become positive. Ask about the HIV antigen test. ...Read more
HIV Transmission: This is not, in any way, a question that will answer your real question. Hiv, the virus, weighs one millionth of one gram. The RNA or dna from the virus, which is inside all of the white blood cells in an infected person's blood stream is even less weight. Any blood to blood exposure can transmit this infection. Perhaps you can look at what your real question here is and ask it specifically. ...Read more
MYTHs: No. It never did. That is a false myth without a single basis of truth to it. ...Read more
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a member of the retrovirus family) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids),  a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections ...Read more
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