Anonymous
2-3 days ago I noticed that there was blood on my nails. They were a little long. I didn't know if it was mine or someone else's. I think it was most likely dry. I scratched it off but I don't remember if I used hand sanitizer or not. Today I was biting my nails forgetting that there was blood on them a few days ago. I also don't remember if I bit my nails on that day where I realized that there was blood on my nails. The issiue is that I had a small cut inside my mouth. Could I get HIV from that? What if I did not clean my hands and ate after. Could I get an STD from that. Im freaking out!!!! Could I get an STD in any of these instances. Thank you for your time. It would be great to get an answer.
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Anonymous
Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for your HIV/AIDS related health information. It seems you're concerned about the possibility of HIV transmitting from some possible blood under your fingernails. We're happy to answer your question for you.

This is a no risk situation. We're assuming you're questioning whether it is possible for the virus to remain under your nails, and somehow be transmitted through biting your nails. It is important to remember that the virus is very fragile, and is rendered intransmissible once it is exposed to the air. Were there to be any fluids under your nails (however unlikely that'd be) there is no risk of transfer as the virus would not be transmissible. Also consider the transmission equation:
HIV TRANSMISSION EQUATION


BODY FLUID
+
ACTIVITY
+
DIRECT ACCESS TO BLOODSTREAM
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• blood (including menstrual) • unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse • vagina
• semen • sharing needles • anus
• pre-cum • mother to child (in specific cases) • urethra in the penis
• rectal secretions • open cuts and sores (in theory)
• vaginal fluids • other mucosal membranes
• breast milk • points of needle injection
As you can see in this chart, required for transfer are all of a fluid known to be invovled in transfer (which we've addressed), an activity known to be involved in transfer, and direct access to the bloodstream. This does not involve an activity, nor does it provide direct access to the bloodstream. For all of these reasons, this is no risk.

Trevor

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

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