I sustained a very small (1 cm) cut NOT DEEP - on my small finger while restraining a criminal individual. I did not see if my finger by accident hit his teeth when I block the attack. I only saw about 1 hour after the incident a blood scrutch on my finger. I remember the person mouth was a bit bloody after he was restrained. I do not know if his teeth started to bleed after the incident, as I did not hit him. I suspect one of his tooth might somehow have cut my finger when I blocked him jumping at me.
Im really concerned about HIV infection. I do not know if the person has HIV. Please advice - I did immidiately went for medical advice. I was told HIV can be transfered via saliva by the DR.
It is possible for HIV virus transmission to occur through saliva or blood, when there is a break in mucosal barrier. When blood products of a person with HIV come into contact with broken mucosal or skin barriers of another person, there is a chance of HIV transmission. This can also happen in needle stick injuries.
The serological conversion of a person exposed to blood products may take a few weeks to months after contact.
A serological screening test like ELISA can be carried out to detect HIV 1 and 2 infections; it can be confirmed by performing Western blot or similar assays.
It is preferable to have a screening test like ELISA test after a few weeks if you are in doubt. However, a thorough cleaning of the wound with antiseptic lotion will certainly help in preventing the infection. Thank you.
"Ask a Doctor" questions are answered by certified physicians and other medical professionals.
For more information about experts participating in the "Ask a Doctor" Network, please visit our
medical experts page.
You may also visit our HIV and AIDS , for moderated patient to patient support and information.
The information provided on eHealth Forum is designed to improve, not replace, the relationship between a patient and his/her own physician.
Personal consultation(s) with a qualified medical professional is the proper means for diagnosing any medical condition.