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Necktie and hiv

Question: 

Can I get hiv from neckties I'm asking this because I was sharing a tie and it touched my private part am I at risk of hiv or hepatitis

Answer: 

Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about acquiring HIV through contact with shared clothing. 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. The three components are: bodily fluid containing HIV having direct access to the bloodstream through a high risk activity.

The five bodily fluids that carry the HIV virus include: blood, semen (including pre-ejaculate), vaginal fluids, breast milk, and rectal secretions (1).

Direct access to the bloodstream can be through cuts, tears, rips, mucous membranes, open sores, or needles (1).

Transmission occurs through a risky activity in which the first two conditions are met. High risk activities include: unprotected sex, sharing needles, unsafe tattoos or piercings, or vertical transmission–from mother to child (in utero, during delivery, breastfeeding) (1).

Causal contact with shared clothing does not satisfy the equation. There was no bodily fluid present, no direct access to the bloodstream, and no high risk activity identified.

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

Regards,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Danielle