Anonymous
Hello,
last night I waited the bus, when a guy came in with blood on his face, he had mugged.
I went to him to see if he was okay, and to help him.
I lend him my phone so he could call home. He had some blood on his hands, so he has to leave some blood on my phone, and probably I have his blood on my hands by taking the phone.
After I left, I had a taste of blood in my mouth, and I think I have biting my nails and that taste of blood should come from this guy, but i'm not sure, maybe it's mine.
if the blood is from the other guy, is there a risk for HIV?
is there a risk for Hep A, Hep B, Hep C?


and should I have an HIV test?


I know that the HIV virus in the open air is very fragile, but I'm still anxious.


Thank you in advance for your answers!
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Anonymous
Hi there and thanks for using the AIDS Vancouver Helpline as a source for HIV/AIDS related information.
The simple answer to your question is no, you have not been exposed to HIV. HIV is a very weak virus and dies once exposed to the air. For an HIV risk to exist, certain HIV+ fluids (anal/vaginal fluids, semen, blood) must come into direct contact with the blood stream of an HIV- individual. In your case, this did not happen.
However, Hepatitis B & C are much stronger and can live outside the body for a few days. I would strongly suggest that you speak with your health care professional for further information and possible testing.
I trust I have addressed your concerns however, should further information be required, feel free to contact us again.
In Good Health,
Jonathan,
AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
helpline@aidsvancouver.org
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