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bellybutton

Question: 

is the belly button a route of hiv transmission? if there is hiv positive blood on finger and touch inside belly button, can you get hiv this way?

Answer: 

Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about acquiring HIV through the route of the belly button. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No Risk (Transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario).

HIV transmission occurs when bodily fluid containing HIV has direct access to the bloodstream of an individual through a High Risk activity.

In this scenario you were asking if HIV would occur if blood on a finger were to touch the inside of your belly button. This is not a route to acquire HIV. The blood would need to have direct access to the bloodstream of an individual. This can be through cuts, tears, rips, mucous membranes, open sores, or needles (1). Belly buttons generally do not have access to the bloodstream unless there is an open sore present. If there is not a wound on the belly button then transmission is not possible. If there was a wound on the belly button you would need to be actively bleed when the blood comes into contact with your wounded belly button. It is also important to note that the blood on the finger has been exposed to the environment and due to oxygen HIV within the blood would be rendered inactive (2).

Recommendation: No need for HIV test with the scenario provided, refer to a healthcare professional for other health related questions.

Regards,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Danielle