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Can HIV be contracted from cuts?

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Dr. Kakkar S.

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Posted on Wed, 10 Oct 2018 in HIV and AIDS
Question: i cut my self while cleaning my apt i bled a little any hiv hep b,c risk

i leave alone
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Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. 21 minutes later
Brief Answer:

No risk of HIV, Hepatitis B or C

Detailed Answer:

Hello,

HIV, Hepatitis B, C are only transmitted through infectious fluids e.g blood, semen or vaginal fluids.

Therefore activities like unprotected sex, sharing injection needles in drug abusers, blood transfusion etc are a risk for transmission of these infections.

These virus don't survive outside the body so there is no risk to you.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Kampana
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Follow up: Dr. Kakkar S. 8 hours later
since i leave alone there should be no viruses at my home do you agree
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Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. 58 minutes later
Brief Answer:

No risk of HIV, Hepatitis B or C

Detailed Answer:

Hi,

Yes, I agree. HIV, Hepatitis B or C do not survive outside the body for long

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Prasad
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Follow up: Dr. Kakkar S. 2 days later
i was washing an apple and the apple fell and touch my arm since i ate the apple any hiv hep b,c risk since the apple touched my arm in the area were it was not washed
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Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. 8 hours later
Brief Answer:

No risk

Detailed Answer:

Hi,

No risk of either HIV, Hepatitis B or C through eating an apple.
This is because these viruses don't survive outside the body on the skin or on apple skin.

Moreover, they infect a person through either sexual route or blood-borne route e.g sexual intercourse, injection needles or blood transfusion.

Sexual intercourse causes wear and tear of genital mucosae allowing the virus to pass through the broken mucosal barrier.

On the other hand an intact oral mucosa and GI tract which does not provide direct access to the bloodstream. Moreover the stomach acid kills almost everything.

Hope I have answered your query.

Take care

Regards,
Dr Kakkar S., Dermatologist
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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