[Question #879] hiv risk from touching wound

52 months ago
1) if someone touches my eyes with their hands , if their hands has any blood , can i get hiv from this?? or should they have to actively bleed while touching my eyes  to pose a risk for hiv ?
2) suppose if i touch someone's  bleeding wound with my hand  and if i use same hand immediately to touch my eyes and mouth . can i get hiv through this way?
3) hiv from small amount blood entering eyes?
1) if someone touches my eyes with their hands , if their hands has any blood , can i get hiv from this?? or should they have to actively bleed while touching my eyes  to pose a risk for hiv ?
2) suppose if i touch someone's  bleeding wound with my hand  and if i use same hand immediately to touch my eyes and mouth . can i get hiv through this way?
3) hiv from small amount blood entering eyes?
4) IN  body.com website mrs. shannon southall tells that to get hiv from environment requires exposure to massive amount of blood for prolonged period of time .again in some replies she tells massive amount of blood means more than just a finger prick and droplets of blood , and this so confusing because just more than a finger prick and droplets of blood can be found in many places and it is not massive amount of blood. can you please explain this ? i am giving you the link to that post
 a)http://www.thebody.com/Forums/AIDS/SafeSex/Q230228.html
b)http://www.thebody.com/Forums/AIDS/SafeSex/Q234667.html

Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
52 months ago

Welcome to our Forum.  Your questions suggest that despite your reading on thebody.com (and I presume other sites) you do not have a good understanding of how HIV is spread from person to person and that you are far more worried than is appropriate.  What was said at thebody.com was correct- HIV is difficult to transmit and is almost never transmitted by touching.  HIV is a fragile virus which begins to die on contact to the environment and is transmitted between adults almost exclusively through DIRECT sexual contact and INJECTION of infected materials DEEP into tissue.  It is NOT transmitted through touching of any sort.  Transfer of infected material from person to person by transfer of infected material from one person to another on someone's hands is not a way that HIV is transmitted.  HIV is not acquired by swallowing things that have been touched by a person with HIV, even if that person has blood or secretions on their hands and is not transmitted by rubbing the eyes.  None of the situations you describe above have ANY meaningful risk for HIV.   HIV does not infect people trough indirect contact with the mouth, swallowing or through the eyes.

I hope this is clear.  You have no need to worry about any of the situations you describe.  EWH

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52 months ago
sir ,
that means even if u touch a some blood in environment and touch my eyes  ther is no risk , is this right ?
what about if some blood enter my eyes from somebody hand??. is there anyone got hiv from blood entering their eyes?




Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
52 months ago
Correct, even if you accidentally put your finger onto HIV blood and then touch your eye you would not get HIV.  No one has EVER been described to get HIV in this way.  Not ever, never, not even once.  EWH
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52 months ago
What if my skin.is.pierced by a sharp object . If that sharp object contains visibleblood . Can I get hiv through this ?because one of.the dr. Hunder handsfield post says hiv can.be spread.through sharp objects??.this is.confusing because I believe that only through unprotected sexual and blood transfusions hiv can.be spread. Pls explain.sir
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
52 months ago

Transmission of HIV required delivering blood or infected material to susceptible tissue.  For transmitting infection to the blood stream (and therefore getting to susceptible tissue) a  simple puncture wound from a sharp object is not as risky as a puncture with a hollow object sure as a needle. Hollow needles can contain residual blood and therefore transfer blood. 

This is my third and final reply to your questions.  If you have more questions you will need to start a new thread and this thread will be closed in a few answers.  My sense however is worrying more about HIV than you need to be.  EWH

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52 months ago
Thank you...that means punctuure from sharp objects has small.risk...I will buy a.new.question ..thank.u again