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Question: 

Hi

I was at the gym and using a dumbbell. A reddish fluid was in it and not thinking after using dumbbell I rubbed my eye with same fingers used on dumbbell. If the fluid was hiv blood from previous user 1-2 minutes earlier is their any risk of HIV transmission into my eye?

Answer: 

Hi there, thanks for contacting AIDS Vancouver

HIV dies outside of the body fairly quickly after being exposed to oxygen. Your chances of contracting HIV from possible blood on a dumbbell after being exposed to air for some time is no risk.

I hope this answers your question, and please contact us if you have any others!

-Chris