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    HIV risk from shaking injured hands

    Dear all,

    Just want to share a horrible experience and ask for advice.

    This is what happened on Friday. My friend and I stopped to help a motorcyclist who hit a pothole and fell in the middle of the road. Anyway we managed to get him and his bike to the side of the road. He is not seriously injured and declined our offer to take him to hospital. Before we left, he offered his hand to me and - without thinking- I shook it.

    It was only when he has withdrawn his hand that I saw his hand is bleeding. Worse, I realised my hand has minor cuts on it.

    To add to my worries, 3 days later (today), I have a mild sore throat. One of the first symptoms of HIV is flu-like illnesses The symptoms usually appear 3-6 weeks after infection, but I have heard of rare cases where it appeared days after infection or 6 months after infection.

    I'm really worried now - what if he has HIV? He is middle-aged, yet has dyed red hair and he told me he recently got a job as a lorry driver. I don't want to sound prejudiced, but he looks like a posterboy for someone who may live a risky lifestyle and is unaware of the dangers of HIV/AIDS.

    I wonder what are the chances of getting infected with HIV from shaking hands, if both you and the other party's hands are injured?

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    A few questions, hope someone can help:

    1. Should I get just a HIV test or a full blood test?

    2. How much would it cost?

    3. any recommended places to do the test?

    3. Is there any place (preferably in Sunway or Subang) where I can get confidential/anonymous testing? A hygiene and safe place, please.

    PMs are welcome.

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    factsheets/ HIV transmission

    http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/resources/fac...ansmission.htm

    READ.

    1. There is a possibility but very remote... in fact, it is documented that it is easier to get infected with Hepatitis than with HiV.

    2. It is a PRECAUTION... on why one should keep rubber surgical gloves in your car/vehicle [... preferably in powder, to avoid it from clumping or sticking] for any event...

    Cheers.

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    Hi Boomer

    You must be so worried. It's best to go for a blood test and talk with a doctor as soon as you can. Your worrying will not be healthy for you.

    You can conduct the test in any of the hospitals or blood laboratory around town (e.g. pathlab). (I don't work for pathlab).

    I would recommend using the hospital facilities. I say this because normally the test results are reviewed and you get to talk to a doctor. My personal bias but I find hospital facilities to be more hygienic.

    (My father had a scare once when the person in the blood laboratory gave him a possible diagnosis which he/she was not qualified to do.)

    I cannot be sure about the costs but it's not much. Normally, the lab charges by packages ranging from RM80 - 200. It's certainly worth paying, just to eliminate the worries that you have.

    All test results are confidential. Anonymity may not be possible though.

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    Thanks ginaphan and USJ27Resident,

    I've asked around and did some Google search, and the consensus is the risk of myself getting infected is pretty small. I like what someone told me:

    Firstly, you dont know if he has HIV. Next, you cant specificly tell the symptoms you're having is confirmed HIV symptoms. 3rd, the risk of transmission is negligeble.

    IMHO, You dont have HIV. You'll be over it in a few weeks! The chances is less than 0.01%, so go occupy your mind elsewhere!
    A doctor told me HIV virus can be un-detectable for up to 6 months after infection.

    If this incident still bothers me after 3-6 months, then I'lll go for either a HIV test or even a full blood test (it's about time I have that anyway, considering the unhealthy food that I've eaten over the years).

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    Quote Originally Posted by boomer
    I'lll go for either a HIV test or even a full blood test (it's about time I have that anyway, considering the unhealthy food that I've eaten over the years).
    hahaha not to belittle your concern...but your risk of ill health from the food you are eating is probably a lot greater than the risk of contracting HIV from shaking hands.

    besides, HIV is treatable and managable with the current medications that are available. Heart disease, diabetes, and cancer are a lot harder to treat.

    Cheers, m
    The world needs more Canada

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    Quote Originally Posted by AllUrban
    besides, HIV is treatable and managable with the current medications that are available. Heart disease, diabetes, and cancer are a lot harder to treat.

    Cheers, m
    Treatable as in symptomatic treatment PLUS anti viral suppressants.. ie. AZT/cocktails. HIV/AIDS is NOT curable !!

    AllUrban, I have done volunteer work for HIV+ patients and children and... sadly, you wouldn't believe how people fear and shunned these people... like modern day lepers...

    It is apathy and ignorance about HIV+ that makes people behave like idiots. Seriously speaking, even our youths nowadays [they either don't know or don't care...] are ignorant about safe sex practices.

    Seriously speaking - ALWAYS have the BARRIER* methods in place when dealing with another human being bodily fluids... [as in blood, plasma or other fluids!!]

    *surgical/latex gloves, eye shields, eyeglasses OR condoms!!

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