[Question #2100] hi

47 months ago
hi sir
47 months ago
1)i have doubt regarding cuts. if my cut gets rubbed with another persons cut can i get hiv?? because during my work i get frequently  small cut . if my cut rubs with another person cut is it possible it get hiv ??

H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
47 months ago
Welcome to the forum. Thank you for your succinct question. My answer is similar.

It this "possible"? Maybe, but only in theory. It has never been known to have happened. Even the busiest HIV/AIDS clinics and specialists never see patients whose only possible risk was exposure to HIV through a cut or an injury of any kind. The only exceptions are medical personnel who injure themselves with sharp instruments freshly used on HIV infected patients, and even this is rare. Even if some of your work colleagues have HIV, this is not a risk. Don't worry about it.

I hope this has helped. Let me know if anything isn't clear. Best wishes--

HHH, MD

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47 months ago
Thank you sir, it has been very much helpful . I have 2 doubts .
1)Is your advice same if the cuts are deeper . I mean I also had deep cuts several times.  I am thinking what will happen if My deep cut touches /rubs  another person's deep cut several times. I am sorry if it irritates  you sir. But you can only clear my doubt .

2) how  much amount of blood is required to get hiv through eyes. If some blood got into my eyes .what should I do??

H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
47 months ago
1) Yes, my advice is the same no matter how deep your cuts might be.

2) A lot of infected blood would have to contact your eyes -- i.e. obvious blood in large amounts splashed into your face. That won't happen. The tiny amounts that might contact your eyes because you happened to touch blood in the environment would not be enough to be infected.

Re-read my reply above.  If there has NEVER been such a case in the 30+ years of the worldwide HIV/AIDS epidemic, do you really think you might be the very first? Do your best to stop worrying about such things.

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47 months ago
Thanks u for answering. It has been very valuable for me.  So chances of getting  infected through eyes is less even if exposed to large amount of blood.  

You said medical personnel who get injured with sharp instruments can get hiv . Is it applicable to everyday objects like knife in kitchen or other objects??
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
47 months ago
Thanks for the thanks. I'm glad to have helped.

Yes, the chance of infection through the eyes is low, even with a large amount of blood. If a kitchen knife or some other sharp instrument cut an HIV infected person, had visible blood afterward, and then immediately cut you, there is a possibility you would get HIV. But of course this is never going to happen. It is an irrational thing to worry about.

That completes the two follow-up questions and replies included with each question, and so ends this thread. Please do not start another thread with similar questions.

Best wishes and stay safe.
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