I am probably being paranoid but I can’t get these thoughts out of my head. I hope I’m on the right forum too. If not, someone please let me know.
On Sat night a friend of mine introduced me to an acquaintance of his who’s moved over from India or maybe Pakistan, and we shook hands. The following afternoon I remembered that I had a 4-day old paper cut near the bottom knuckle of my left finger, where the guy would’ve grasped when we shook hands. I had been covering up the cut but had forgotten about it on this day. When I noticed the cut the following day it was scabbed over, & when I scratched away the scab it didn’t bleed, but when I stretched & squeezed the skin a lot, it oozed a clear liquid.
My worry is, if the guy had an open wound that touched my cut, and he had a virus such as Hep C or B (or even HIV –although I’ve read you can’t catch it thru paper cuts, but some say you can…it’s confusing)? I guess my question really boils down to, if my paper cut had scabbed over by the following day, would that have meant it would have probably been healed enough the previous day to stop any possible infection getting into my blood stream, since I’ve read that skin heals from the inside out? Then I wonder what if I had accidentally knocked it and re-opened the wound but didn’t realise it at the time? Would it scab over as quickly as the next day?
I know I’m really scrutinising the situation but I can’t get these thoughts out of my head. I’m annoyed at myself for not covering up the wound as I normally do. Am I being too paranoid and self-indulgent, or is there a slight chance here?
Thank very much to anyone who answers – would love some expert advice.
Yes, in my opinion you are. You have no reason to believe the person you greeted with a handshake is carrying any disease, do you? And most likely you would have noticed if he had an open wound, wouldn't you?
If you are genuinely concerned, get tested. If you are simply obsessing about "what if" scenarios you should try to find a hobby or something productive to do with your time.
I didn't really look at the person's hand so couldn't say if he had a wound or not - I didn't think about it at the time. I probably am obsessing, but the funny thing is I do have plenty to do with my time at the moment, but these thoughts are getting in the way.
I'm sorry if I have offended anyone, because my intent was not to be racist. I would have scrutinized the situation no matter who it was. It was just that he was someone I didn't know and my friend didn't know that well either coz he'd not been living here for long. I don't even presume my friend in disease-free - you never know.
And, nygirl7, my post did say that I'd been covering my wound, it was just on the fourth day I had forgotten it was there. I would never leave it exposed intentionally - for my sake and, more importantly, others.
Anyway, thanks again everyone. I will try to not to stress about this.
1-2% of all the people on the planet have hepatitis C.The odds of contracting hep C from sex with someone you know who has it or even using someones tooth brush is 1-2%,so ive read.So shaking hands and casual contact with a stranger the odds are even lower, id estimate less than 1%....so. to make it easy to do the the math:1/2 % of say 2% eguals .0001.
SO...you have less than 1 in 10,000 chance getting hep C.
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