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Handshake (eczema) - very worried
Hello everyone,

one "incident" that happend around a week ago simply doesnt stop to worry me. I have been having OCD about contracting HIV for few years now and i have been tested several times. So, about this "incident", I suffer from eczema on hands and I shook this acquaintances hand.(this guy is a major player and has probably had unprotected sex probably with hundreds of women) . At the time I had eczema rashes on my hands and  one small  cut from eczema that didnt seem open (certailnly not bleeding) . In the beginning I was worrying about that little cut, then i read the some forums and I realized that its not risky, little after that I started worrying about a possible broken eczema rash(blister), then i also read some forums and realized its not a risk. I almost forgot about this "Incident" when I started worrying about the last thing that could possibly make me worried (and this is really stupid i know) , I started getting worried again because little after I shake hands with this man I checked my hand for any possible cut and I remember seeing in the middle of my middle finger something red, which before I thought its simply a rash that changed color but now am worried that it might be blood from his hand (i know really stupid) . I realize that I would probably notice if there was really any blood on my hand since I was checking it for few seconds and I know also that its pretty crazy to think that he would have blood on his hands (he just exited the cinema after watching a movie, we meet in the hall).  I realize this is all very irrational but I would really like to hear your word about that too.

Thanks a lot for your answer Im sorry if the text is a bit hard to understand (english is not my native language)
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HIV is unable to reproduce outside its living host (unlike many bacteria or fungi, which may do so under suitable conditions), except under laboratory conditions; therefore, it does not spread or maintain infectiousness outside its host.

HIV is transmitted by;
Unprotected penetrative anal and/or vaginal sex
Sharing works with other IV drug users
Mother to child
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Thanks for your quick reply, really appreciated. I hope i will stop worrying.

regards
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Please educate yourself on how HIV is transmitted--read my status if you have to.
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Not all people that have HIV that are IV drug users know their HIV status, so your status is incorrect.
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Thats true Teak,I will correct it.I think people should never share IV drug works under any circumstance.
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hello again, sorry guys to bother you again, but on this website globalchange.com i read some things about eczema and hiv transmission and i got kinda worried again, they say :

"People with eczema should be especially careful to wear gloves when likely to come into contact with secretions from someone with AIDS. The thousands of tiny cracks and itchy blisters are entry places for the virus. Cuts should be covered with a waterproof plaster. Gloves should be worn by all people whenever handling anything covered with secretions or when lifting or turning a person in bed. Obviously gloves are necessary for normal social contact, handling of crockery, or unsoiled clothing."

i just wonder what you think about that, thanks again
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