Anonymous
please help me
My son was using a dryer located in a public toilet Immediately after some guy that bleeding from the hand used it And my child felt that blood had entered him to browse through the air and a return that would come out of the dryer Is there a risk for my child to be infected with HIV?


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Anonymous
Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about acquiring HIV through causal contact. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No Risk.

There are no evidence or documented cases where transmission occurs through this event. There are three requirements in order for transmission to occur: HIV positive *bodily fluid* having* direct access to the bloodstream* through a *high risk activity*.

Your child would have needed to have an open cut for the blood to transfer to and even then transmission is unlikely. The blood that was present if it contained HIV would be rendered inactive due to the exposure to the environment. Bodily fluid that contains HIV quickly becomes inactive outside the body or on surfaces such as a hand dryer (1).

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

Regards,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Danielle

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