Anonymous
Good day!

I've read ample amount of knowledgeable  topics from this site.

My query could possibly be out of the box.

I was walking on the street and got myself stepping on a broken glass and had a small cut.
I understand in regards to HIV it wouldn't be worrisome if there dried blood on it, but how about Hep B and C? 
May the temperature and UV rays from the sun (general environment) may deactivate Hep B or C viruses?

Thank you.
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helpline-volunteer

Hello,


Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the risk of acquiring blood-borne infections from stepping on broken glass in the streets. From the information given regarding your risk of HIV acquisition, this scenario is determined to be No Risk (transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario).

The scenario mentioned above does not meet the three components of the HIV transmission equation, since the HIV virus would be rendered inactive with exposure to oxygen (1).
Helpline Transmission Equation .jpgIn regards to the hepatitis viruses, there is a risk of transmission since these viruses can survive outside of the human body for more than a week and up to three weeks in certain scenarios (2).

Recommendation: No need for HIV test with the scenario provided, refer to a healthcare professional for other health related questions and to inquire about Hepatitis testing.

Regards,
AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Marie

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1) Survival of HIV in the Environment
2) Blood-borne FAQs

 

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