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HIV from pimples

Question: 

I thankyou for going through this question.Yesterday i killed a mosquito with my fingers. I think there was a small amount of blood. Around 30 seconds later i popped a pimple(blood came out). In case the blood contains HIV, do i have a risk of being infected. I am 15 years old and i really cant refer a doctor. Please help. Thanks

Answer: 

Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about acquiring HIV from killing a mosquito and later popping a pimple using the same hands. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No Risk (transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario)

In order to contract HIV the following conditions must be met: There must be HIV present in a bodily fluid. The five bodily fluids that carry the HIV virus include: blood, semen (including pre-ejaculate), vaginal fluids, breast milk, and rectal secretions. The bodily fluid containing HIV must have direct access to the bloodstream. This can be through cuts, tears, rips, mucous membranes, open sores, or needles. Transmission occurs through a risky activity in which the first two conditions are met. For example: condom less sex, sharing needles, unsafe tattoos or piercings, vertical transmission–from mother to child (in utero, during delivery, breastfeeding). The scenario mentioned above does not meet the components of the transmission equation because even if there were involvement of HIV infected blood it still needs direct access to the bloodstream through a high risk activity.

HIV is not transmitted by mosquitoes and other insects and cannot get infected from bites.

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

Regards, AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, (Vardah)