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If someone has blood on their cut is it considered a live virus of hiv or once it starts to come out of the person it is basically dead and cannot transmit to someone let's say for example they shake hands with someone and their cut touches the other person who could have a cut either not bleeding or bleeding? Can hiv be transmitted this way? Let's say for example a mechanic had his hands all torn up and cut with some blood on his hands and then he is touching your car and then immediately after u get in your car with raw red bleeding cuts from washing too much and so the cold weather causes your skin to break and bleed. Can u get hiv if u touch the stuff in your car that the mechanic with the bloody mess hands touched prior to u? Why or why not 8 need a real explanation please. Also if hiv is NOT spread through cuts and stuff why are people told to wear gloves when cleaning after a person with hiv or a blood spill on the ground. I'm very stressed that a mechanic touched my keys to my car my door handle and steering wheel etc a day he had gashes on his hand that were legit bleeding. Then he left I immediately got in the car a day had to drive it and my own hands are dry cracked and stinging because mine are bleeding from the cold weather and I'm afraid I can catch hiv this way. Please help me. I'm driving everyone nuts and I want to overcome this. Tell me the truth. Is to his a real risk?
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for using AIDS Vancouver as your source of information about HIV/AIDS issues.

To begin, no, HIV cannot be transmitted in any of the ways you have described. You cannot contract HIV by shaking hands with someone, or by touching blood on the surface of an object, or the surface of an individual's body. HIV is a weak virus outside of the body; it dies IMMEDIATELY upon exposure to air, and is inhibited by the enzymes in human saliva. You should know that for a risk of HIV infection to exist, specific HIV positive fluids (e.g. semen, vaginal/anal fluids, blood) must directly access the bloodstream of an HIV negative individual, (e.g. unprotected sex, needle-sharing).

I trust I have answered your questions sufficiently. Feel free to write back to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline, or visit http://www.aidsvancouver.org for more information.

Sincerely,

Marta

AIDS Vancouver Volunteer.



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