Anonymous
I asked a month ago so sorry for asking again but I’m worried. Not too long ago I noticed a stain on my bag and I tried to rub it off by licking my fingers. When I went to rewet my fingers it tasted like blood. I have dry/broken skin on my hands and chapped lips. Is there any chance of HIV transmission from this? I’m not entirely sure it was blood but it tasted irony like blood. Can it pass through my mucus in my mouth or skin on my hands or lips?
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helpline-volunteer

Hello,


Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about acquiring HIV from ingesting dried blood after cleaning your bag with your saliva and fingers. 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. Dried blood would not contain any active HIV, as exposure to oxygen renders the virus inactive. Re-wetting the dried blood is also not a concern, as the virus cannot be re-activated once it dies.

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

Regards,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Marie
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