Anonymous

Hey there. I touched dried blood the other day with a day only cut on my hand and a hangnail that was sore. 

the dried blood came from a sealed paper packet so it wasnt exposed to the environment. 


im asking around and some are saying there is no chance I’d be at risk because the blood was dry and not from a person. 


then I’m hearing that it’s “unlikely” and that hiv blood lives for days on items. 


this is freaking me out because I don’t know what to believe and I can’t sleep knowing there’s a small chance I’m at risk. 

Can you please put my mind at ease and explain to me why some people claim it’s 100% no risk and others don’t??

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helpline-volunteer

Hello,


Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the risk of acquiring HIV from dried blood in a sealed package through cuts and a hangnail on your hand. 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. It does not satisfy the equation because the any potential HIV virus in the blood would be quickly inactivated with exposure to oxygen (1). Also, superficial cuts on your hands do not provide the HIV direct access to your bloodstream
. Helpline Transmission Equation .jpgRecommendation: No need for an HIV test with the scenario provided, refer to a healthcare professional for other health related questions.

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AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Marie

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