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Open cut and sweat

Question: 

Hello,
I would highly appreciate your help on the matter that bothers me.

I cut my finger with cooking foil two days ago. The cut started to heal but it is still a little bit reddish on the inside with no bleeding. Today i went to the gym and there was a guy who was using the running machine before me. I didn't put any band-aid on today and touched the equipment after him.

How concerned should I be about what happened today? Thank you in advance.

Answer: 

Hi there and thank you for reaching out to AIDS Vancouver with your questions! We're happy to help.

I'm happy to let you know that the situation you describe is No Risk for two different reasons.

1) The cut you describe would not be sufficient to allow direct access to the blood stream. HIV needs direct access to the bloodstream in order to establish an infection. Cuts that provide direct access to the bloodstream have to be severe, such as ones that are gushing blood, or require immediate medical attention such as stitches. So the cut you describe does not pose a risk for HIV transmission.

2) Sweat does not transmit saliva. Additionally, even if it was other bodily fluids, there would still be No Risk because HIV is a delicate virus that cannot survive exposure to the environment. Factors in the environment and air inactivate the virus and damage it, so it can no longer be passed on to anyone else.

For more information about how HIV is transmitted, please visit http://www.avert.org/hiv-transmission-prevention

Sincerely,

Christina

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