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Hiv from popping my pimple please read

Question: 

Well this is a very weird story. So firstly there was this guy in my class he was biting his finger and I don’t know if he was bleeding. But today he did a fist bump and I had my glove on. What I am scared is that if he might have been bleeding, he seems like a dirty person. After I touched my gloves and popped my pimple. But there was no blood on my gloves. I am scared that there could of been blood residue ?? That could of infected into my body.

Answer: 

Hello and thanks for your question.

If I understand correctly, the concern is that you touched your glove, which might have had HIV infected blood on it, and then popped a pimple. You wonder if you could have acquired HIV in this way.

This scenario does not present a risk for HIV infection.

Firstly, I would like to point out that you cannot determine another person's HIV status based on their appearance. It is incorrect to assume that someone who "seems like a dirty person" is more likely to infect you with HIV. Additionally, the concept that those infected with HIV are "dirty" promotes HIV-related stigma. HIV-related stigma refers to all unfavourable attitudes, beliefs and policies directed toward people perceived to have HIV/AIDS. The full effects of HIV/AIDS stigma on a person living with HIV exceed what most of us have the capacity to understand. Stigma contributes to the HIV epidemic. If a person experiences stigma around HIV, they're less likely to take steps to get tested or take preventative measures before they're diagnosed with the virus. If they are diagnosed, stigma can create barriers to getting treatment, care, and other types of support.

Three conditions must be met for HIV transmission to occur:

  • 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. You did not see any evidence of his bodily fluids on your glove, and you do not know his HIV status

  • 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. A pimple does not provide adequate access to the blood stream for HIV transmission to occur

  • 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). (1) "Fist bumping" does not fall under the description of "risky activity"

Air does not "kill" HIV, but exposure to air dries the fluid that contained the virus, and that will destroy or break up much of the virus very quickly. (2) Drying of HIV infected human blood or other body fluids reduces the risk of environmental transmission to that which has been observed — essentially zero. (3)

To summarise, the encounter you described does not meet any one of the three conditions required for HIV transmission.

Recommendation: No HIV testing required for this scenario

Regards, AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer, Dyson