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touching surface with bloody finger


Hello helpline aidsvancouver! yesterday i pricked my finger by clean lancet for diabet testing. it was bleeding. after that i touched surface with bloody finger. if there was some body fluids on the surface, is there any risk to get hiv?

best regards



Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about touching a surface with an open wound. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No Risk (Evidence of transmission occurs through these activities when certain conditions are met) in terms of acquiring HIV, as the virus does not survive when exposed to oxygen.

Consider this quote from the CDC: "HIV does not survive long outside the human body (such as on surfaces), and it cannot reproduce outside a human host.”

If you are still worried about your wound being exposed to contaminants we would recommend speaking to your physician about any questions or concerns.

Thank you, have a good day!

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Sara