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HIV from a cellphone

Question: 

Hello,

Thank you very much for helping me with my question, I really do need your help
Please read carefully

I know this is not a risky situation because I did not actually see the blood droplet, but it keeps staying in my head.

I do not even know how exactly address my question to you, but I will make the question as simple as possible

If there was a drop or two drops of HIV positive blood on a cell phone,
( I know this sounds impossible, but just consider if there was)
and I have used the cellphone for 30 minutes during the night time on the bed
in a air conditioned room ( 26 Celsius , 78.8 Fahrenheit )

and I started masturbate myself
and before starting masturbation, I wore a condom

I am afraid ""if the drop or two drops of blood entered the condom while wearing it"",

I also have touched inner skin of my penis and my penis felt a little sore at the moment
because I had sex for three times during previous night and one time in this morning.
( I am afraid if I had some tears or scratch in inner skin of my penis at the moment)

And I am afraid because I masturbated using the same condom for twice, and I do not remember if I wiped the penis after the masturbation.
I am afraid if there was HIV positive blood, even if it was dried, might cause infection through mucous membrane or receptor cells in my penis.

I am afraid of if the blood was not clotted ( or dried completely ) or even it was already dried, I have read that HIV virus can live up to 6 days in a dried blood.
I am afraid if this is a risky situation.

I know while I am using the phone, if there was blood droplet, I must have noticed by touching them, but I am afraid if I did not notice them.

Thank you very much for reading my question

I cannot explain why I think there was HIV positive blood on the cellphone, but please answer my question in terms of if there was positive blood on the cellphone.

Thank you very much for your help.

Answer: 

Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you are asking about the possibility of HIV acquisition from a droplet of blood on a cellphone. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be negligible risk (there are no evidence or no documented cases of transmission), as in this scenario the HIV positive blood would have been exposed to oxygen for a decent period of time (quoted at least 30 minutes before being exposed to a mucus membrane).

To answer your question about HIV being able to "live" up to 6 days in dried blood: HIV is rendered inactive by oxygen, but in a controlled laboratory setting, the virus can survive for longer periods of time. Outside of a laboratory setting, if HIV positive blood is dried on a surface, the virus will decay exponentially and will be reduced by 90-99% in concentration over several hours; at these lowered concentration levels the possibility of HIV transmission is negligible.

If you have further questions, or any concerns, please speak to a physician.

Thank you and have a nice day!

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Sara