[Question #4370] job

29 months ago
sir ,
i work in construction field , we get cuts many times, if my cut touches or (rubs or presses ) with another  persons cut can i get hiv from like this event

if blood enters my eyes , can i get hiv??
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
29 months ago
Welcome to the forum. Thanks for your question.

We get questions like this from time to time, i.e. potential exposure to blood in the environment, often at construction sites or other work environments; and also in places like public toilets, adult bookstores, brothels, or almost anywhere else. Other questions are also like yours, concerned about existing cuts and their possible exposure to other persons' blood. The answer is always the same:  there has never been a known case of catching HIV from exposure of existing cuts to other persons' blood or body fluids. In theory it could happen, and in theory someone could catch HIV if infected blood got into one's eyes. However, in the 40+ years of the worldwide HIV/AIDS epidemic, with millions of infected persons, not one person has ever been suspected to have been infected in these ways. You might take a look at question #1899, which goes into more detail about these things and the reasons that HIV is not transmitted by such events.

The ways to avoid HIV are to only have safe sex, or sex with a committed, monogamous, uninfected partner; and to never share drug injection equipment with other people. If you do come into contact with large amount of fresh blood -- e.g., giving first aid after a co-worker has a major injury, or helping out in an auto accident -- try to avoid getting blood into your eyes, mouth, etc, and wash well afterward. These are the only necessary precautions. Follow them and you will never be at risk for HIV.

I hope these comments are helpful. Let me know if anything isn't clear.

HHH, MD
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29 months ago
sir,  thanks for your answer
you mean there is no known case of hiv infection , if two persons cuts rubs or touches each other or one person's blood got into another eyes . i read from internet about these risk . so i wanted ask you because you are professional in this field . thanks 
29 months ago
one more thing if a cut is actively bleeding we will be knowing right?? so small cuts are not actively bleeding cuts??
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
29 months ago
Be careful on the internet. You won't find any science-based, authoritative sites that say HIV can be transmitted in this fashion. In theory, HIV infected blood in the eyes could be a risk, but there have been no actual proved cases of this happening. And any cut too small to see almost certainly is too small to be a risk for HIV, even if directly exposed to infected blood or fluids. Here too, there are no proved cases.---
29 months ago
Thanks sir,
Conclusion is there are no reported cases if hiv despite of having exposed to bloods while helping people who are injured
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
29 months ago
I am not aware of any such cases. I suppose it might have happened but not reported in the medical literature. As I said in my first reply above, "If you do come into contact with large amount of fresh blood -- e.g., giving first aid after a co-worker has a major injury, or helping out in an auto accident -- try to avoid getting blood into your eyes, mouth, etc, and wash well afterward."

Each question includes opportunities for two follow-up comments or questions and replies to them. So that concludes this thread. I hope the discussion has been helpful.
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