Anonymous
Hey just a question. If I bleed on a towel that was used by someone esle and let's say it had some hiv postive fluids. If It touched my bleeding wound can I get hiv like that?
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for using the AIDS Vancouver Helpline as a source of HIV/AIDS-related information.

From the situation that you have described, you are not at risk of HIV transmission. In order to be transmitted, HIV needs direct access for the virus to enter the bloodstream from one human body to another human body. The virus dies within seconds of being exposed to air. Therefore, HIV cannot survive on any inanimate object, such as a towel. You are not at risk and you do not need to be tested.

For more information on how HIV is transmitted and activities that put you at risk, please check out the Risk Assessment Chart on left-hand-side of the Helpline homepage.

I hope that I have addressed your concerns. Please feel free to contact us again should you have any further questions.

In health,

Natalie

AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
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