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Risk of HIV trasmission through a scraped knuckle - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Practicing since : 2004
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User :   hi there i gave a handjob and got semen on my hands and then wiped it off, i then massaged his shoulders and scraped my knuckle on the pillow, which did not bleed but was raw and took off a layer of skin is there a risk of hiv trasmission? im freaking out
Doctor :   HI,
Doctor :   No , the chances are very negligible
User :   really? is that because of the type of cut? or the amount of semen that may have been present after wiping it away? also are microscopic cuts on the hands a worry as i know small cuts within the vagina and mouth can pose a risk?
Doctor :   you are right
Doctor :   but , it is on these factors infectivity depends
Doctor :   1) amount of the fluid exposed to
Doctor :   2) duration of exposure
Doctor :   3) nature and depth of the cut on on the recipient
Doctor :   4)Whether bleeding cuts or dry ones
Doctor :   in your case the chances are negligible , because the contact duration was less, and the cuts were not bleeding
User :   ok thank you and sorry to be so repetitive but just to confirm my cut didnt bleed but when i noticed it i saw a layer of skin had come off and it was red but not bleeding is this the same thing?
Doctor :   yes, i got it
User :   ok thank you for your time i very much appreciated it
Doctor :   only peeling of the superficial layers of the skin and not a running bleed both do give a clue that cuts were safe
User :   when a cut is deep enough would it always be bleeding?
Doctor :   most of times , yes
Doctor :   bleeding acts a transport portal for infection
User :   is there a difference between a spot of blood and a flow of blood
Doctor :   not much , both can be considered as risk
User :   ok thanks again
Doctor :   You are welcome
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me , kindly provide your feedback
User :   sure
Doctor :   Bye for now
Doctor :   Take care
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