Anonymous
I was cleaning a restroom as part of my job. I noticed a bit of dry blood on the tile wall next to the toilet paper. I rolled toilet paper (it was thin), put soap on it and scrubbed/rubbed off the dry blood with it. While I was cleaning it off, I noticed that the toilet paper had ripped. The blood's color was a light red-yellow-isn color. I immediately threw away the toilet paper and washed my hands. The blood was at least two days old. Am I at risk for any infections such as HIV?
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Anonymous
Hi there and thank you for reaching out to AIDS Vancouver with your questions: we're happy to help!

The situation that you have described above is a no risk situation. Here is a copy of the AIDS Vancouver transmission equation, which outlines how HIV is transmitted:

HIV TRANSMISSION EQUATION


BODY FLUID
+
ACTIVITY
+
DIRECT ACCESS TO BLOODSTREAM
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• blood (including menstrual) • unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse • vagina
• semen • sharing needles • anus
• pre-cum • mother to child (in specific cases) • urethra in the penis
• rectal secretions • open cuts and sores (in theory)
• vaginal fluids • other mucosal membranes
• breast milk • points of needle injection  


HIV is a very delicate virus, and cannot survive for long outside of the human body. Once HIV is exposed to oxygen in the air, the virus becomes damaged and is no longer able to transmit. Therefore any blood present on any inanimate would not be able to transmit HIV, as the virus would have been exposed to the air.

I hope I have answered your question, and feel free to contact us with any further concerns.

Regards,

Sierra, Helpline Volunteer

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