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foxxy lady
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This is kind of a long story so please just bear with me. My friend just recently contracted HIV. He's been really depressed and last night showed up at my house bawling. I went out to comfort him and noticed a make-shift bandage on his wrist. I started to uncover it and got half way though when he took the rest off. He had cut himself fairly bad and I realized we needed to get him into the hospital for stitches and I ran inside. I had touched a small amount of the blood from the clothe and quickly ran my fingers under and quick wiped them on my pants to try to dry them. I put my contacts in so I could drive him to the hospital and took off. I have no wounds or cuts on my hands but my question is, is there a possibility or means to be concerned with the possibility contracting it through putting my contacts in with the same fingers I had used to unwrap his towl? Thanks for your time.
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Robin Lee
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HI foxxy lady and welcome to Scarleteen.

I would suggest that you talk to a doctor or consult a sexual health clinic with this question. Water is generally not considered enough to kill the HIV virus, and your eyes are mucus membranes, so from what we know transfer is possible. However, since we're not doctors though, and this is an unusual situation, it's not really sound for us to tell you whether this is or isn't a risk.

It's definitely sound to talk to a professional about this to be on the safe side. Do you need any assistance finding a doctor or sexual health clinic?


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foxxy lady
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Do I just call to talk to a doctor to see if its a risk? Or do I need to make an appointment to actually get seen by a doctor? Thanks for the reply
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Hey foxxy lady. It's going to be more likely that you'll need to make an actual appointment, because doctors tend not to do assessments over the phone as far as I know. Either way, if you phone the doctor's office, they'll let you know if they need you to come in for an appointment or not [Smile]
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