Anonymous
Hallo and thanks for your help in advance.

8 days before i bought some fruits a my favorite dealer. Today i took them out of the bag and cleaned them.

Two things happend:

I wanted to wash some tangerines, of which two had a red/brown stripe. These i putted in the garbage because it looked al they were rotten or so.

Afterwards i cleaned two mango. Suddenly i saw a little blood on my left hands digit. (Later i found out, that it came from a small cut from the aluminium sticker on the mango.)
Since i was wonderung where it came from, i took the tangerine out of the litterbox an scratched with my thumbnail at the red stripe, wanted to find out, wether the blood on my digit finger came from the tangerine.
I could scratch the stripes (lookin like a scab) away and got it under my nail.

As i had this brandnew little cut on my left hands digit finger, i only washed the right hand by itself (not to come in contact to the left hand, quite difficult) and putted some desinfection spirit on it as well. Having done this, i washed both hands with soap.

To keep the long story short:
The substance from the tangerine looked like thick, dried blood. It was hard but could be peeled off. It went unter my Thumbnail.
I washed it off as far as i could see but not shure if i got it all.
I wonder if:
- it was 8 day old blood containing HIV:
was it completely dry?
could it have been transferred to my other hands wound while washing?
would it have been infectious still?
was the small (aluminium/paper-like) 2 Minutes old cut an entry?
and was the amount of blood big enough for an infection?

What shall i do?

Best regards.

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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 HIV through a small cut on your finger from a piece of fruit you purchased 8 days prior. From the information given, 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 transmission equation. Blood that may have been on a piece of fruit would not have any active virus after 8 days as the virus is rendered inactive with exposure to oxygen (1). Also, please note that small, superficial cuts are not an entry point for an HIV infection.
Helpline Transmission Equation .jpgRecommendation: No need for HIV test with the scenario provided, refer to a healthcare professional for other health related questions.

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AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Marie
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