Mona39
Dear all, thank you for your amazing job. I am writing as a worried mom of a 2 year old. While we were in a cafe', buying an ice cream, the cafe' owner came near my son, who was standing near a table, and squeezed his cheek with his fingers, before I had the readiness to say anything. My little boy's cheeks did not have cuts or anything of the sort, but I am worried that the man' s finger might have had a cut that I could not see, and thT drops of blood from it may have ended in my baby's eye. If that were the case, should i take my little one to be tested? 
Thank you so much for everything
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helpline-volunteer
Hi there,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from your question, you are asking about HIV transmission from blood on a possible cut on someones finger after touching your baby's eye.

From the information given, this scenario is determined to be of No Risk (Transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario).

Transmission is considered to be of No Risk for the following reasons:

HIV does not survive long after being exposed to oxygen and rapidly undergoes a reduction in concentration (1). Additionally, tears are a natural barrier to foreign bodies and wash them out. Although fluids (blood) and direct access to the bloodstream (mucus membrane) are two components of our Transmission Equation (see below) that could have been met, there was no High Risk activity which would enable transmission of HIV. There should be no need for further testing.

Please refer to our HIV Transmission Equation below for more information:

Helpline Transmission Equation .jpg 

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

(1) HIV Reference

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AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Shawn

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