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I am HIV paranoid. This may seem silly, but I have been terrified. 3 days ago in a business meeting I shook another ladies hand. When I pulled my hand away I saw that a small cut I had gotten 2 days before was bleeding a tiny bit. Is there any way I could get infected from that? I did not see any blood on her and even asked her if I got blood on her. She is a married with kids and I think her chances of being HIV positive are slim. But I am still in panic mode over this. Is there any possibility I could have been infected? PLEASE answer so I can get on with my life. I feel like I am so scared I cannot think. THANK YOU!!!

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Thanks for your query at
I understand your concern.
There no way you can get infected this way with HIV. Besides it was your hand that bled a bit not her. So there is not a possibility of transmission. So relax. Let me know if you have any questions.

Patient replied :

Thanks for your answer. What if her hand was bleeding and I missed seeing that?? Are u an AIDS specialist? I am not doubting you, just paranoid. Has there ever been a transmission from handshaking with bleeding cuts? How can I curb this stupid paranoia?
Thank u!!

There should be a deep prick inside your skin to have a transmission. There has been a no case in a medical literature where touch with the fluid/ blood has caused the HIV virus transmission. Besides you don't know HIV status of the woman. I am a board certified physician and a HIV specialist. So if you could trust me you can get rid of your paranoia.

Patient replied :

Thank you. One last thing. Are you saying even if she had a bleeding cut and so did I, that is not a means of transmission?

No, it is not! Take care!

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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