[Question #936] non sexual concerns

50 months ago
sir,
1) in our  tradition we hug each other during our festivals with our cousins , many times while hugging each other, other persons hand has touched my eyes and mouth . i am concerned that if their hand is bleeding while they touched my mouth and eyes? am i at risk of hiv ?also what is your opinion??

2)also while hugging with my cousins my hand has touched other persons hands , neck, etc. if there is active bleeding wound  in my cousins hands or neck , and if i touch that wound  with my hand then if i rub my eyes , what are my risk of hiv??..pls explain sir, 
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
50 months ago
Welcome to the Forum.  I'll try to help.  For all practical purposes, HIV is transmitted between adults only through sexual contact or when infectious material is injected deep into tissue with a needle or other hollow point needle-like devices.  HIV is a fragile virus that becomes non-infectious immediately upon exposure to air.  I am not aware of any instances in which HIV has been transmitted from person to person by transfer of blood or other infectious material on someone's hands.  Similarly the are no instances when someone has become infected when the rubbed their eyes with hands contaminated with infectious materials.  Not ever.

None of the sorts of events you describe are associated with any risk for HIV.

I hope this information is helpful to you. WH
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50 months ago
thank you sir , these types doubts pop in my mind.thank you for clearing
1) suppose if i kiss somebody on his/her cheeks, and if his/her cheeks bleeding and some blood got into my eyes and mouth. do you feel there is a risk of hiv?

2) i always think that in games like football(soccer) , there is always push and pull between players to win the ball, and thre are many injuries during games yet i didn't hear anyone getting infected from like this scernios? do you think there is any risk??

3)people who are working in film industry especially actors or people who are working martial arts tend get many injuries whiles doing stunt scenes or fighting , and there is also a lot fighting scenes in film, i think blood from their injuries go others eyes or mouth or even to others wound also . do you think there is risk. beacuse i am planning for a acting course , i feel the fear now. please answer me in separately for each questions

i am soory to ask you like this question but i can only ask you because sir you are an expert in this field
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
50 months ago

1.  No risk from kissing at all. this includes kissing someone's cheeks that might be bleeding.

2.  No risk from engaging in soccer.  No risk.

3.  No risk from injuries occurring from stunt scenes or fighting.

Please read my earlier response.  Your questions ALL involve no risk situations.  EWH

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50 months ago
i am thanking you air,  just few more queries
1)last week i went to hospital icu to see my friend  and after that i ate food without washing my hands. now i think what if some blood in icu and blood got into my hand , ate without washing my hands. am i at risk??

2) on day , i was sitting in the stair case , there is metal rod there , i was in thinking about something else, during that time i accidently licked the metal rod and i later realised what if there is some blood or any body fluid on that metal rod  and i just ingested into my mouth.  what is my risk?


Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
50 months ago
Final answers, after which this thread will be closed.  Forum guidelines proved for three replies and clarifications to questions.

1.  No risk.  Ingestion of food that may have been touched, prepared by or contain blood or secretions for a person will not lead to infection.

2.  No risk.  See answer above.  Ingestion of material, even if it did contain HIV infected material would not result in infection .
This will conclude this thread.  Before I close however I must comment that your questions suggest that you are unjustifiably worried about getting HIV from the environment or casual encounters with infected persons.  These are not justifiable fears.  If such concerns continue to bother you, I suggest you seek the help of a trained mental health professional to help you work through these unaware antes and unjustified fears.  I say this out of concern for you.  EWH
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