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HIV Through Contact with Bloody T-shirt


Hello Please help me am scared to death Sorry for my english.. .. Few days back my co-worker has got some blood from his tongue due to biting his own tongue accidentally after that he cleaned with his finger and he touched my shirt with same finger am not sure whether he has blood on his finger or not but after may be 3 to 4 seconds later i have touched my shirt with my hand which has a small superficial cut on my thumb finger may be 4 to 5 mm length its not actively bleeding at all its may be 1 or 2 days old cut..my question is can i get infected assuming my co-worker is HIV+ and there was blood on my shirt may be 2 or 3 drops came from his finger when he touched my shirt and i have touched my shirt with cut on my finger immediately after 3 to 4 seconds ?? i have seen some of your answers that you say the virus will die soon once exposed to air but in my condition its only 3 to 4 seconds of time gap is it enough for virus to die..please answer my question immediately..Thank You...Would you recommend me for testing


Hi there,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the possibility of exposure to HIV (assuming that your co-worker is HIV+) from the drops of blood that may have transferred from your shirt to your cut finger. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be Negligible Risk (There are no evidence or no documented cases of transmission). Exposure to environmental conditions outside of the body (ie: a t-shirt or open air) is not favorable for HIV survival. HIV does not do well at room temperature or with any exposure to oxygen and in these conditions the virus will be considerably reduced or rendered inactive. Although there appears to be a short window of opportunity for exposure (in your case being 3-4 seconds between contact), there has not been a reported case of HIV acquisition in result to contact with spillages of blood, semen, or other bodily fluids.

Please refer to a physician if you have any additional concerns.

Best, AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Cody