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Must reply, its about my daughter who is only 16 months of now..


Three months ago, i went to the blood lab for getting some of my blood work done.
However the mistake i made by taking my two small daughters there.

As i was talking to the receptionist.

My younger daughter who was 13 months of old at that time, took the blood cotton who was lying on the floor and had the blood in it.

she put that cotton and licked or sucked on that cotton.

As soon as i was done talking to the receptionist. i saw that and threw the cotton, washed her face and tongue..

Ever since that she has been exposed to the flew, bronchitis and finger blister in her index finger.

and she has got alot weaker in these 3 months..

What are the chances of her getting disease from that bloody cotton?

I am so much worried about it and afraid to take her for testing.

please tell me know if its something serious.. its killing me.



Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the risk of your daughter acquiring HIV after putting a piece of cotton with blood on it in her mouth. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No Risk (transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario).

The scenario mentioned above does not meet the three components of the Transmission Equation because your daughter was not engaging in an activity determined to carry risk for HIV transmission and because any blood on the cotton would have been exposed to air as it lay on the floor, rendering the HIV virus inactive and unable to cause HIV infection.

Due to her symptoms it may be worthwhile to consider other blood-borne diseases, such as Hepatitis B or C, as these viruses are less sensitive to environmental exposure than HIV. Her recent ailments could also just be coincidental, but a visit to the doctor describing your situation may be beneficial.

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


AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Marie