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Concerned About Touching HIV Blood With Bare Hands

Question: 

Hello,
I work in public safety. I responded to a car crash where the victim had aids. I touched his arm without a glove. I did not notice any fresh blood or open cuts on him. I did not have any open cuts on my hands. Is there any risk factor for transmission? I'm concerned that I did not see any fresh or dried blood and I touched it with my bare hands.

Thank you.

Answer: 

Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about acquiring HIV by touching blood with your bare hands. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No Risk meaning that transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario.

The scenario mentioned above does not meet the three components of the transmission equation. HIV is rendered inactive when exposed to oxygen. This activity does not allow for direct access to the blood stream.

https://www.aidswindsor.org/healthy-me/hiv-transmission/

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

Regards, AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Marie