Anonymous
Today I had to carry books and a pencil case for my friend and I noticed he was bleeding and I don't know if there was blood on these items now I worried that I have hiv because I have large cuts on my hands and arm please help.
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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 carrying items that may have blood on them. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No Risk (transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario).

HIV transmission only occurs when bodily fluid that contains HIV has direct access to the bloodstream of an individual who is of HIV negative status through a high risk activity (1).

In this scenario [HIV transmission equation](https://www.aidswindsor.org/healthy-me/hiv-transmission/) would not be satisfied. You would need your cuts to be actively bleeding with direct contact to another's bodily fluid for transmission. It is important to note that "HIV does not survive long outside the human body (such as on surfaces), and it cannot reproduce outside a human host.” (2). This states that if there was blood on the books you were carrying and there was HIV present in the blood, the HIV would be rendered inactive due to exposure to the environment.

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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