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Can you get HIV or AIDS from fighiting?
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juswant2kno85 posted:
I was attacked today by a girl trying to steal my phone ,I bust her nose and lip there was a small but good amount of blood atleast for me to be scared that was on my face and hand, also I have scraches and a cut on my finger I think came from my ring.
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georgiagail responded:
The risk of acquiring HIV from fighting involves the following:

1. The person you are fighting with must, of course, be HIV positive and actively bleeding.

2. You must have an open (i.e., bleeding) cut/wound on your body. Scratches and cuts that are not opening bleeding may not necessarily classify as this.

3. The blood of the HIV positive person must be able to actually ENTER your body for even the risk of HIV transmission to be present (and even then, it's not a 100 percent guarantee that this will occur). Simply getting blood on your skin or on a scratch would not transmit the virus from an HIV positive person into an uninfected person.

Generally the risk of transmission from fighting is the greatest when both parties have significant, open wounds as a result of this fighting (and, of course, at least one of the parties fighting carries the virus).

Gail


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