Avatar universal

HIV transmission?

I have a cut on my index finger that looks a day or so old. I was handling some burger patties for a family BBQ, and noticed that some other people were also handling the meat (none of us were using gloves). The blood coming from the patties wigged me out. I don't know if anyone else had cuts on their fingers or bled on the meat, but I was concerned about transmission from another person to me through meat if some of that blood got into my cut (which I'm not sure it did). Is this something to worry about? Some of the people handling the meat are family friends that I don't know that well, so that's what led me to be concerned. Thanks!
2 Responses
Sort by: Helpful Oldest Newest
Avatar universal
This is absolutely not a risk, your thinking and concern is coming from a place of total anxiety and has no place in actual risk of HIV transmission. Sorry to say it but it is a totally absurd suggestion and of no risk at all.

If this is something that concerns you on a regular basis for no rational reason then maybe you need to speak to somebody about it.
Helpful - 0
Avatar universal
No, despite what you may have read, HIV is not transmitted through contact with blood in the environment. But quite frankly your concern sounds not quite rational anyway- hamburger blood is cow blood and nothing more.
Helpful - 0
Have an Answer?

You are reading content posted in the HIV Prevention Community

Top HIV Answerers
366749 tn?1544695265
Karachi, Pakistan
370181 tn?1595629445
Arlington, WA
Learn About Top Answerers
Didn't find the answer you were looking for?
Ask a question
Popular Resources
Condoms are the most effective way to prevent HIV and STDs.
PrEP is used by people with high risk to prevent HIV infection.
Can I get HIV from surfaces, like toilet seats?
Can you get HIV from casual contact, like hugging?
Frequency of HIV testing depends on your risk.
Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) may help prevent HIV infection.