[Question #80] Wound from Blood Draw

40 months ago
Dear Doctor:

Hi!

So a week ago i had a body examination and got a wound from the blood draw procedure. Two days later, I ate dinner with one of my friends who was HIV+. During the dinner, my friend touched my wound (the one I got from the blood draw) by accident. 

My question is: if my friend had a cut on her hand and thus had some of her own blood on her fingers, would I be at risk? (i didn't see any blood tho)
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
40 months ago
Welcome to Ask the Expert. Thanks for your question.

These events carry absolutely no risk for HIV. The virus is never transmitted by such touching, regardless of open wounds. And after a couple of days, your blood draw wound was sealed and there would be no risk even if were bathed in HIV infected blood or body fluids. To prevent catching HIV, you need to choose your sex partners with care, use condoms for new or potentially unsafe partners, and avoid charing drug injection equipment with anyone else. That's all. The virus is never transmitted by non-intimate contact with infected persons.

I hope this has helped. Best wishes.
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40 months ago
Thanks a lot doc!
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
40 months ago
You're very welcome. I'm glad to have helped.---