Anonymous
I was typing on a library keyboard this afternoon, and I noticed a piece of something that was beige and green between the keys that looks like the piece of a Band-Aid. I tried to shake it out of the bottom of the keys, but to no avail. Let's say it is a piece of a Band-Aid, since I am not sure. Can an old Band-Aid with dried blood on it (I am assuming) transfer HIV, especially given if you have cracks and cuts on your skin? Please answer this for me today, if you can. Thank you.
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Anonymous
Hi there,

Thank you for contacting our Helpline for HIV related information. We are happy to assist you.

I can assure you that No, you are not at any risk from an old bandaid. HIV cannot be transmitted once it has been exposed to the air, so surfaces or objects with dried blood are not a risk for HIV transmission.

For more information about how HIV can and cannot be transmitted, visit our Risk Assessment Chart: http://helpline.aidsvancouver.org/question/risk-assessment-chart

I hope we have addressed you concerns. Feel free to contact us again if you have further questions.

Thank you,

Sandra,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
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