Anonymous
Hi i am a medical technologist, and the blood which is positive for hiv was given to me for a test. the blood is contained in a evacuated tube. when i opened the tube, the serum/ blood splashed to my eyes and mouth and an open wound. could i become infected with hiv?
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Anonymous
Hello and thanks for reaching out to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

It seems you are concerned about contracting HIV from a blood splash. We are glad to provide some information.

For HIV to transmit through an open wound there has to b e a lot of blood and the cut needs to be so deep that it requires some stitches. This does not seem to be the case in the activity you described. Additionally when HIV comes into contact with saliva, it does not transmit. This seems to be the case on the blood that was splashed into your mouth. We do not consider this a risk and do not recommend any testing specifically for this exposure.

The Aids Vancouver Helpline Online forum has postings that are related to your question that you can read for additional information. If you have any further questions feel free to contact us again.

Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

In health

Lawrence

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

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