I recently hugged a person that was HIV positive. As I hugged him, I felt a liquid enter my ear. I don't know if it was blood, or sweat, or something else. I am freaking out!!! After about 5-10min, I took a tissue and wiped my ear. When I looked at the tissue, I saw mostly ear wax and pin point size red dot. I then washed my ear with soap and water. My question is, if it was blood that got into my ear, could I contract HIV? I know I may be over reacting, but I haven't been able to sleep since this incident. It happened about a week ago. Please help.
Responding only to the title you chose for your question, before reading anything else: The ear is lined with skin, not mucous membranes -- i.e., much more like your hand or arm, not like the inside of the genital tract or rectum. Getting HIV secretions in the ear is not likely to result in HIV transmission, and to my knowledge this has never happened once in the quarter century of the world wide HIV/AIDS epidemic. I doubt you will be the first.
Now I have read the question. You weren't at risk. I suppose theoretically if you had a cut in the ear, and if blood dripped into your ear. But not a droplet of saliva or other secretions. Look at it this way: people who live in the same house as perosns with HIV (and are not sex or needle-sharing partners), even for years and years, never get HIV, even if they share bathrooms, showers, eating untensils, etc, and even if they love, hug, and cuddle the infected person. For example, parents never catch HIV from their infected children, even with diaper changing etc.
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