blood cupping

Originally Posted: 
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Question: 

due to religious reasons I had done blood cupping from a person,t who says that he is expert on this in canda and usa.he did blood cupping four times to me .he say that they cut with fresh blade the upper skin and put a clean cup to suck the blood.the last time another person did the same and he washed my cup after sucking blood and the tissue he used drop down in the dustbin and he used the same tissue again to wipe my cup and did blood suction again two times.
I t is not sure that somebody tissue paper is infected in the dustbin.
what are my chances to get hiv,hepatitis b and c in tis case.
Ihave done the test after one month and it was negative.
how long i should wait further for these tests so that i can think free from these disesaes.
Is there any specific date after I think there is no infection.

Answer: 

 

Hello and thank you for using AIDS Vancouver as your source of HIV/AIDS related information.

To be honest, I am not familiar with the procedure you have received, but I'll try my best to address your concern.

To transmit HIV, there are conditions to be present:

1.  HIV+ bodily fluids (blood, pre-come and semen, vaginal fluids, rectal recreations and breast milk) AND

2.  A risky activity (such as unprotected anal/vaginal intercourse or sharing needles) AND

3.  Direct access to the bloodstream (vagina, anus, urethra in the penis, other mucosal membranes, point of needle injection and open cuts and sores (in theory though)

These three risk factors combined are what allow us to assess the amount of risk a person experienced from any given situation or activity.

So, from what I explained above, if there is no direct contact of HIV+ blood to your bloodstream, then there is no transmission of HIV. Using tissue paper which might be used on somebody is no risk of HIV transmission.

If you ingest the blood (take blood into your mouth), there may be a risk of HIV, Hep-B and C infection. If you are ingesting HIV+ blood however, saliva actually contains an enzyme which actually inhibits the virus from entering the bloodstream which makes HIV transmission less likely. That said, the only way to know for sure is to get tested.

It is great to hear that you got tested for HIV. The window period for HIV testing is 4-12 weeks (3 months) with up to 95% of infection being detectable within 4-6 weeks. So, it is a very good indicator that your result came back negative at 1 month period. Because I'm not sure the exact procedure, I suggest you to re-test at or after 3 months, but knowing you have received a negative result at a month, the result will be very likely the same.

Testing for Hep C (HCV) is actually recommended at 26 weeks following an activity you are concerned about. It may be helpful to note that not all exposures to HCV, Hep B or HIV will lead to an infection. In fact, with HCV, about 15% of infections will be cleared from the body naturally & not require any medication or long-term care/treatment. If you are concerned that Hep B, C or HIV+ blood had direct access to your blood stream, I recommend speaking with a medical professional regarding follow-up testing in order to properly diagnose any infections.

Hopefully you find the information helpful.

If you have any other questions and/or concerns, please feel free to call or email us.

 

Stay healthy and keep smiling

Yoshiko

AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer

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