I work in law enforcement and the other day at the hospital two hiv patients had been in a fight and had blood on thier hands and faces. When I entered the room I used my forearm to open the door, I'm not sure if any blood was on the door. I spoke with the parties and left. When I got home I noticed a cut on the same forearm, I had a long sleeve shirt on at the time. Was I at risk, do I need testing.
Welcome to the Forum. I'll be happy to comment. This was a no risk event- HIV is not transmitted through the sort of contact that you describe. Even if there was blood on the arm, transfer of infectious material containing HIV from a person to an inanimate object (the door) and then onto another person does not occur, both because the virus dies so quickly on exposure to the environment and because the process of the transfer works against the virus as well. Further, the virus is not passed through clothing either so your shirt sleeve offers yet another barrier to infection. There is no reason to worry and no reason to test related to this event. The cut on your forearm does not change this.
I hope my comments are helpful. Thank you for the service you provide to your community. EWH
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. MedHelp is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.