Q. Is it possible to transmit HIV through the cuts in hand?

Answered by Dr. Atishay Bukharia and medically reviewed by Dr. Nithila A
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Hello doctor,

I want to ask is it possible for me to transmit HIV through hand cut, (I have attached a picture) because I had anxiety when shaking hands. I am almost certainly HIV negative according to tests, but still anxious. Kindly advice.

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Dr. Atishay Bukharia

MBBS, MD, DVL., SPECIALIST IN COSMETOLOGY AND SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES ., MEMBER OF INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY
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Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

No, unless you put your hands in HIV positive blood.

Thank you doctor,

But I meant if such an old cut with not much blood on it as in the picture could transmit HIV to someone. If I am HIV positive and other person is negative, with a cut on their hand what will happen if we meet?

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

MBBS, MD, DVL., SPECIALIST IN COSMETOLOGY AND SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES ., MEMBER OF INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY
Cosmetology Dermatology HIV/AIDS Specialist Plastic Surgery – Reconstructive And Cosmetic Venereology

Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

It is almost practically impossible to transmit the virus through such a small cut when the contact time is so less (handshaking). No such case is reported. I hope it helps you. If you have any other question, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you doctor,

If there is no blood coming from my cut and if the person I would shake hands would have cut that bleed and we shake the hand and if cuts touch, is it impossible for HIV to get transmitted?

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

MBBS, MD, DVL., SPECIALIST IN COSMETOLOGY AND SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES ., MEMBER OF INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY
Cosmetology Dermatology HIV/AIDS Specialist Plastic Surgery – Reconstructive And Cosmetic Venereology

Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Visible blood is not the issue, and the problem is a presence of virus and breach in the skin. So if I am going to pour HIV positive blood into your wound of which you have sent me the photographs then you are at risk. Do not worry you will be not HIV positive.

Thank you doctor,

I am not worried about me but about the other people that I might infect them although I am almost certainly HIV negative still there is chance. Could my cut infect the person I shook hand with? If they have cut too and bleeding?

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

MBBS, MD, DVL., SPECIALIST IN COSMETOLOGY AND SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES ., MEMBER OF INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY
Cosmetology Dermatology HIV/AIDS Specialist Plastic Surgery – Reconstructive And Cosmetic Venereology

Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

You do not pose any threat to others as frank blood is necessary to transmit the virus. In your case, it is a healthy healing wound which will not shed the virus even if you are positive. So neither you are at risk, nor you do not pose any risk. I hope it helps you.

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