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Question: 

Hello, I had a blister on my ankle from wearing the new shoes,my blister was fresh and as size as a coin(in was about 1.5 cm),and my blister was poped by my shoes pressure,also it bleed about one drop,it wasnt actively blooding ,but mu skin vas inflamed and irritating.and i let my blister open to dry(didn’t use band aid).now my question is it possible hiv or hep c transmit through this kind of injury like blister(epidermis was completely destroyed and dermis layer was being shown and inflamed).i scare when i let my blister open without using bandaid,some fluids that hiv-contaminated touch my blister,is it possible ??should i get test?thank you

Answer: 

Hi there,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about your risk of HIV acquisition from an open blister.

In this scenario, in order for there to be possible HIV transmission your blister would need to come into direct contact with HIV positive fluids from another individual. However, if you are worried that open air exposure to the environment from your blister will allow for possible HIV transmission, this is not the case.

Unless you have had a direct exposure of bodily fluids with your blister, you have no cause for concern.

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

All the best, AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Cody