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Can You Get HIV From Shaking The Hands Of A Positive Individual?

07/21/2005

Question:

Can you get HIV by shaking the hands of someone infected by the disease if both people had cuts or sores on their hands?

Answer:

If the person has cuts or sores on his hands and these are bleeding and the blood gets on to a scratch or wound of an exposed person there is a risk of transmission of this infection.

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Response by:

Pamposh   Kaul, MD Pamposh Kaul, MD
Assistant Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati