I went to hug a friend of mine and she was holding a lit cigarette. I accidently knocked her cigarette with my finger and burnt myself - It was only a bit red and sore but did not scab or blister. The next day, only slight redness was visible. If the cigarette hit her hand before hitting mine (ie - we were burned nearly immediately after one another or within miliseconds) and transferred some burned flesh/skin into my burn, would transmission of hiv happen? She did not seem visibly hurt.
Hi there and thank you for using the AIDS Vancouver online helpline as your resource for HIV/AIDS related questions.
No, transmission of HIV is not possible in this situation. First of all, someone has to be HIV+ in the first place for transmission to occur. As well, just accidently contacting each other’s cigarette burns at the same time would not be a viable transmission route for HIV. There needs to be direct access to the bloodstream (vagina, anus, point of needle injection) and a fluid involved (blood, semen, vaginal fluids, etc). HIV does not survive outside the body for more than a few minutes, and there wasn’t an adequate route of transmission in the first place for transmission to occur.
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