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blood on bag

Question: 

hello people. thank you very much in advance for your answer. the thing is,... I was doing some shopping, the assistant put everything into a cotton bag. the bag is white, I noticed some small red stains, didnt take care, took the bag... at home I controlled it, it is red, it looks as if the assistant had a cut and while putting things inside just accidentally whipped the blood with bag. (the bag was completely new, taken from the shelf, so it should be completely clean). the thing is, i didnt pay attention at first, and i have small cuts on my hands, i kepp touching my eyes, etc, and so i could touch the blood and then.... of course, it was not "a lake" of blood, but i am really scared, and i touched it right after that guy... thank you very much for your help, I know I can read similar answers, but I am just not able to calm down...

Answer: 

Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the possibility of HIV transmission through small cuts in your hands after touching a blood-contaminated bag.

From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No Risk (HIV transmission is not possible in the given scenario).

HIV outside of the body is exposed to oxygen, which causes a rapid reduction in HIV concentration (1). In addition, superficial cuts, like the ones that were on your hands, are not deep enough to permit direct access of the blood that was on the bag into your bloodstream. Thus, the scenario you have described does not meet the requirements for the HIV Transmission Equation. The equation is not fulfilled because the scenario above does not involve direct access to the bloodstream through a High, Low, or Negligible Risk activity.

For the reasons provided, there is again, No Risk of HIV transmission in the given scenario. Circumstances where individuals come into contact with inanimate objects or environmental surfaces that have HIV positive fluids are not concordant with HIV transmission.

Recommendation: No need for HIV screening for the scenario provided. Please refer to health care provider for additional health related questions.

All the best,

AIDS Vancouver Online/Helpline, Shirley