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Getting HIV Blood Into Eyes ( or Mouth, Nose)


Thank you very much for reading my question,

I am currently living with serving in military and I am writing this from South Korea, I came here because I visited your website for several times
and I believe your helpline is the most reliable sources I have ever seen. ( I am sorry for the bad English)

My question is

If a couple drops of blood (one or two drops ) ( HIV positive blood) was dropped to my hand and if I did not notice them

and "after 1 or 2 minutes", I rubbed my eyes "with the hand with HIV positive blood on it" and "directly went to sleep."

In this cases, is there any chances of getting HIV?

I did check several statistic before I came here, it was saying the possibility of getting HIV from blood entering eyes is around 0.1%
but in my cases,

"I directly went to sleep ( closed my eyes for a long time, so I guess there is no air exposure during the sleeping time) "
and it was nighttime, there was no light sources including the light bulb because the switch was turned off (No UV light to destroy HIV viruses )
and the window was closed so I am afraid if there is not enough oxygen to destroy the virus

I am really worried because I rubbed my eyes and directly went to sleep, and I am worried if I did not notice the blood on the hand.

I understand the scenario is nearly impossible, but I am worried because I have never read a case or a statistic regarding rubbing eyes with HIV infected blood and directly went to sleep.

I know threre must be no blood at the time, but I am still thinking about the possibility of getting it from this situation, so I really do need your help

Thank you so much for reading such a long question and I wish you to have a great day, thank you.



Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you are asking about the risk of HIV acquisition from rubbing your eyes after getting HIV positive blood on your hand. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be Nelgbile Risk (there are no evidence or no documented cases of transmission) because in this scenario the HIV positive blood came into contact with oxygen which renders the virus inactive.

In addition, the 0.1% (1 in a 1000 chance of transmission) you read is only a statistic that is estimated by professionals. The risk level following blood exposure to the nose, mouth, or eyes is unknown due to no case being reported in the literature. [1] Therefore, at this time it is deemed a negligible risk.

Recommendation: There are no evidence or no documented cases of transmission refer to Physician for more personalized answers.


AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Sara


  1. https://hr.umich.edu/benefits-wellness/health-well-being/occupational-health-services/ohs-services/evaluation-exposures-bloodborne-pathogens/bloodborne-pathogens-exposure-information-sheet