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Blood on Door

Question: 

Hello. I was a helping an elderly relative of unknown status put up his storm doors. He has neuropathy in his hands, so he can't always feel it when he cuts his hands. Anyway, he cut his hand sometime during the installation...we found a few drops of blood on the door handle. I had work gloves on most of the time, but did take them off to move something at one point. I went to the bathroom to wash my hands...I did NOT see any signs of blood on my hands and I did NOT have any cuts...not even any cuticle peels (thank god!). But given worst case scenarios...that he was infected and blood did get on my hands but I just couldn't see it or it smeared in, would this still be considered a NO RISK? I hope so...about a year ago, a pipe from a dental office dripped on my head...I had HIV and hepatitis tests done at 1, 3, and 6 months and hope to never have to go through that stress again! Thanks.

Answer: 

Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about acquiring HIV from blood on a door handle. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be no risk (Transmission of HIV is not possible with the given scenario. No exchange of bodily fluids). For a risk to exist, specific HIV positive fluids must come into direct contact of the blood stream of an HIV negative person. As you mentioned there was no blood on your hands, or cuts, the transmission of HIV would not be possible. Consider the following quote from the CDC "HIV does not survive long outside the human body (such as on surfaces), and it cannot reproduce outside a human host" [1]

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

Regards, AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Ashley