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Hi Yall,

Maybe someone over on this forum can help me, as I already tried to look for reassurance on the HIV prevention forum but was not successful. Basically, to make a long story short, I was in a bicycle accident ans was temporarily knocked out. I woke with blood on my face. I did the research and found that HIV is most commonly transmitted int three ways: Mother to child during birth; IV drug use; Unprotected Sexual Intercourse. Now this seemed reassuring, however, I found a reputable website, mayoclinic, that says HIV can also be spread through open cuts, eyes, and nose. I was told that HIV does not survive in the environment, but this explanation does NOT account for the infections from open cuts, eyes, and nose. I sometimes suffer with anxiety, but either way, could someone give me some advice? Thanks!
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I'm going to do a bump to greenlydia, as it looks like you have experience with these types of questions
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Yes, as a matter of fact, I DO have experience with these types of questions. And a very great deal of that information I have learned from one of THE most educated and knowledgeable people I know on the subject
Teak.  

That you could read his profile, learn the man is living with AIDS, teaches HIV/AIDS awareness classes and was a paramedic for many, many years, and then ask him which website he got his information from...........!!!!! Sorry jack, but your insensitivity is nearly as mind boggling as your ignorance.

Since you're so into "research," call the Mayo Clinic and ask them yourself why they dispute the findings of The World Health Organization and the NIH, (National Institute of Health) countless other prestigous medical centers and world reknowned leaders in HIV/AIDS research.

What I know, personally, about HIV/AIDS comes from working in a major teaching hospital in Seattle. For well over 10 years I have taken care of hundreds of people with HIV and AIDS. I have been exposed so many times to urine, feces, vomit, tears, pus, blood, saliva and I lost track years ago of how many needle sticks I've gotten. It's a very big hospital, there are many of us who take care of patients. In all that time, NOT A SINGLE ONE OF US HAS CONTRACTERD HIV!

When it has been 12 weeks post your, ah, exposure, get tested. When that comes back negative, which it will, if you cannot let go of your paranoia and move on with your life, then you need to seek psychological help with your HIV anxiety.

Greenlydia
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I got a tattoo and had the same fear. It's part of having an anxiety disorder. I'm smart enough to know the chances are Sooo slim but it still worries me.
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Thanks for your reply. I think we have a misunderstanding though. I never meant to insult Teak. Remember, I'm new to this website and it never crossed my mind to look at his profile before my post. I didn't even know people had profiles to look at. After looking at his profile I did feel bad, but all I was trying to do was get an answer/explanation. It's not like I want to suffer from anxiety. Having someone explain why there is no risk as opposed to being told there is no risk can make a world of difference to me. Either way, thanks for your response and I'll try and move on.
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