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Have I got Aids

Question: 

I was picking my nose and i had a bit of blood on my finger. Then straight away i cut my self accedently and i accedently used the same finger to try and stop it. Have I got aids please help now.

Answer: 

Hello and thanks for reaching out to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

It sounds like you are concerned about whether you acquired HIV.

From what you have told me, you cut yourself and used the finger you were picking your nose with that had blood on it to stop the bleeding. From the described scenario you are at No Risk of acquiring HIV. The HIV virus is very fragile, and once exposed to air it is no longer transmissible. Furthermore, for HIV transmission to be possible there needs to be a body fluid, an activity and a direct access for the virus to enter the blood stream. The scenario that was described does not fulfil the required factors for transmission. Below I have attached an HIV Transmission Equation chart, which focuses on the factors needed for HIV transmission to be possible.

HIV TRANSMISSION EQUATION

BODY FLUID
+
ACTIVITY
+
DIRECT ACCESS TO BLOODSTREAM
• blood (including menstrual) • unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse • vagina
• semen • sharing needles • anus
• pre-cum • mother to child (in specific cases) • urethra in the penis
• rectal secretions • open cuts and sores (in theory)
• vaginal fluids • other mucosal membranes
• breast milk • points of needle injection

= RISK OF HIV TRANSMISSION

For more information on HIV you can visit HIV and AIDS Basics.

Regards,

Chris, Volunteer

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