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Hi, I'm David from Barcelona Spain. A few days ago I asked a question about a splash of blood mixed with water. The case was about a HIV man who was in a vehicle and was sprayed with water by the hoses of the firemen. I was on the outside of the vehicle a few meters from the window and I splashed water on my face and eyes. You told me that before this scenario there was no risk. Now I worry about the fact that if this person had a very high viral load the risk would be the same? or would it vary? Thank you very much and person for the inconvenience.
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Anonymous
Hello David,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking for clarification on your previous post, in which you were exposed to HIV positive blood through water.

To clarify, this scenario is determined to be No Risk: (transmission of HIV is not possible with the given scenario). Given this person was sprayed with a hose, the ratio of water to blood that would have splashed onto your eyes likely could have been very low. Even so, this scenario does not fulfill the requirements of our [HIV Transmission Equation](https://www.aidswindsor.org/healthy-me/hiv-transmission/), as it does not involve a direct exposure to the bloodstream.

In this situation, any blood that would have been lost by the injured man would have been quickly rendered inactive through its exposure to the environment. Regardless of viral load, HIV does not survive long outside of the body, and any exposure to water/oxygen would have caused any HIV positive blood to quickly reduce in concentration, making transmission nearly impossible (1).

With the additional information given, this scenario is still determined to be of No HIV Risk to you. Please refer to a physician for any additional health related questions.

All the best,
AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Cody

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