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Splinters and tweezers



I have a question about HIV transmission:
A friend of mine had a splinter in his finger and used my tweezers to remove it. After he used the tweezers I put them in a mug of boiling water and left them for two hours. After, I put them in a mug with kitchen floor cleaner and boiling water for 10-15mins then let them air-dry overnight. I used the tweezers about 12 hours after my friend to remove from dry skin from the inside of my nose.
I am almost certain that there is no risk for HIV transmission in this situation but I would just like some advice from your helpline.

Thank you.


Hi there,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the possibility of HIV transmission through sharing tweezers with approximately 12 hours between each use.

From the information provided, we determine this scenario to be of No Risk: (transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario). HIV is an extremely volatile virus and does not last long outside of the human host. Exposure to air and environmental surfaces causes a rapid reduction in HIV concentration, essentially rendering the virus inactive (1). This process does not take long. Despite this, you were responsible in attempting to sanitize previously used tweezers.

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

All the best,

AIDS Vancouver Online/Helpline, Cody