Anonymous
I just want to say that I tested negative for HIV beyond 90 days. Yay me! However, the lady who did the blood prick placed band-aids on my fingers that I ripped off at home. I was touching my shorts that I'm wearing---I lifted them up---and I noticed that a minute amount of my fresh blood was evident on the bottom of the middle finger that she pricked to extract blood. Given that I sat down at the local health clinic on seats that probably should be vacuumed, given all manner of patients there, and the fact that I wore the same shorts at the clinic, could I possibly contract HIV? Thank you.
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline. I am happy to answer your question.

Congratulations on your negative test result!! You might also be happy to learn that HIV cannot be transmitted through clothing.

For HIV to be transmitted, you need all of the following components (3/3):

1) A specific bodily fluid from someone else that carries the virus (blood, semen, rectal/vaginal secretions, pre-cum, breast milk)
2) The fluid must contact your body during an activity (unprotected sex, sharing needles)
3) The virus must have direct contact with your bloodstream (vagina, anus, urethra in penis, open cuts, mucosal membranes, points of needle injection)

In your case, you had 0/3 of the above factors. The cut on your finger was not deep enough to provide access to any HIV virus present. Further, clothes cannot carry the virus because it dwells in bodily fluids. Lastly, the HIV virus dies when it is exposed to air, so even if there was blood, etc. on your shorts that wasn't yours, it would not pose a risk.

I hope I have answered your question and provided you with some relief. If you have any more questions, do not hesitate to post again, visit our website http://www.aidsvancouver.org, or call us!

All the best,

Caroline

Helpline Volunteer

AIDS Vancouver Helpline

604-253-0566 ext 299

Monday-Friday 10am-4pm
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