Anonymous
I was in the local coffee shop and the lady making my coffee was wearing gloves.. It was wierd. I assumed it's because she was bleeding. I then touched the cup after she did and it touched my leg because it fell. She was bleeding as she touched the cup. Is this an hiv transmisson case?
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Anonymous
Hi there,

Thanks for contacting AIDS Vancouver for HIV-related information.

The short answer is no. HIV is not transmitted that way. Let me explain why:

For transmission to occur, body fluids (i.e. blood, semen) need direct access to YOUR bloodstream through an activity like unprotected vaginal/anal intercourse. So, unless you had unprotected sex with your local coffee shop lady, you did not place yourself at risk.

You should also know that HIV is transmitted through human-to-human contact. Outside of the human body, HIV is a weak virus that dies within 60 seconds of exposure to oxygen. This means that it does not live on surfaces or objects.

So, the coffee shop lady wearing gloves likely nicked herself during work and is wearing the gloves to follow workplace health and safety standards. You would need a lot more than a little bit of blood on someone's finger to place yourself at risk.

So I would say you have nothing to worry about.

If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

All the best

Maggie

AIDS Vancouver Volunteer
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