Anonymous
I'm a female from a small town in Iowa. About a month ago I was at a very bloody roll-over accident. The occupant was an African American male, 30's, no medical history. The vehicle had blood on both the inside and the outside of it. My coworker was inside the vehicle for a short period of time with gloves on, with those same gloves he took pictures of the vehicle. My coworker handed me the camera and I was not wearing gloves. I had some cuts on the palm of my hands and a few on the top of my hands. I didn't see any blood on my coworkers gloves, but I wasn't looking very hard. I also touched the vehicle but I don't think there was any blood where I was touching, but again I wasn't looking very hard. We were at the scene about an hour after it happened. I washed my hands a couple hours after being at the vehicle, but afraid I may have rubbed my eyes in between. I haven't noticed any symptoms, but my girlfriend recently got sick with a cough and a sore throat, she went to the doctor and they told her it was an ear infection, but wondering if they missed anything. I guess what I'm asking is if I'm just paranoid. If the occupant did have HIV what are the chances of transmission from the vehicle or from my coworkers gloves, if any? And what should I do from here, if anything? Is there anything I need to be worried about? Please tell me I'm overreacting and that all is well.
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Anonymous
Hello There,

Thank you for posting on the AIDS Vancouver Helpline Forum.

I would like to begin by pointing out that HIV does not know race or occupation or gender. Therefore, it is not important to note that the occupant is African American or not. It is the activity that poses a threat to your health.

HIV dies upon exposure to air. Therefore, even if you have touched blood either from your co-worker's gloves or the vehicle, there wouldn't be active HIV for transmission. HIV is a human to human virus and is not transmitted through a touch.

Hope this helps!

Please let us know if we can provide any more information. Or if you would like to call and speak to someone at the Helpline, you can do so anonymously and confidentially by calling 604-696-4666, Monday to Friday between 10am-4pm.

All the Best,

Reeman

AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
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