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Can HIV Be Contracted Through Sharing Of Workout Equipment?

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Posted on Wed, 19 Apr 2017
Question: Can you get hiv or aids from using workout equipment in a gym that someone with aids or hiv used if you bite your nails? Probably a stupid question
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Answered by Dr. Dr. Monika Dede (33 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Please don't worry. No, you cannot get HIV from using workout equipment.

Detailed Answer:
Hello! I have been through your question.

Related your concern you should know that you can get or transmit HIV only through specific activities. Most commonly, people get or transmit HIV through sexual behaviors and needle or syringe use.
HIV is not spread easily. Only certain body fluids from a person who has HIV can transmit HIV like blood, semen (cum),pre-seminal fluid (pre-cum), rectal fluids, vaginal fluids, and breast milk ( from mother to children).
These body fluids must come directly into contact with a mucous membrane or damaged tissue or be directly injected into your bloodstream (by a needle or syringe) for transmission to occur.
HIV does not survive long outside the human body (such as on surfaces of workout equipment) and it cannot reproduce outside a human host.
So, based on these above mentioned facts you shouldn't worry because absolutely you cannot get HIV from using the workout equipment used before from person living with HIV /AIDS, if you bite your nails.

I hope my answer helps you.
Feel free to ask me further.
Regards.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Yogesh D
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Follow up: Dr. Dr. Monika Dede (38 minutes later)
Thank you. I just bite my fingers and nails alot and i have alot of bitten off skin and stuff. I dont know if that would count as damged tissue
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Answered by Dr. Dr. Monika Dede (16 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Please don't worry! There is no risk of getting HIV.

Detailed Answer:
Hello! Thank you writing back in healthcare magic.

Please don't worry because even if suppose you could have damaged tissue from biting your finger and nails you cannot get a direct contact with body fluids (that can transmit HIV), from workout equipment because HIV cannot survive long outside the human body.

I hope my answer helps you.
Regards.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Yogesh D
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Follow up: Dr. Dr. Monika Dede (22 minutes later)
Okay thank you
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Answered by Dr. Dr. Monika Dede (39 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
You are welcome!

Detailed Answer:
Please feel free to ask me further if you need.

Regards.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Remy Koshy
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Can HIV Be Contracted Through Sharing Of Workout Equipment?

Brief Answer: Please don't worry. No, you cannot get HIV from using workout equipment. Detailed Answer: Hello! I have been through your question. Related your concern you should know that you can get or transmit HIV only through specific activities. Most commonly, people get or transmit HIV through sexual behaviors and needle or syringe use. HIV is not spread easily. Only certain body fluids from a person who has HIV can transmit HIV like blood, semen (cum),pre-seminal fluid (pre-cum), rectal fluids, vaginal fluids, and breast milk ( from mother to children). These body fluids must come directly into contact with a mucous membrane or damaged tissue or be directly injected into your bloodstream (by a needle or syringe) for transmission to occur. HIV does not survive long outside the human body (such as on surfaces of workout equipment) and it cannot reproduce outside a human host. So, based on these above mentioned facts you shouldn't worry because absolutely you cannot get HIV from using the workout equipment used before from person living with HIV /AIDS, if you bite your nails. I hope my answer helps you. Feel free to ask me further. Regards.