Anonymous
Thanks Marta,
Can u please tell me after what time virus dies once it is exposed to air, as in my case, the boy who squeezed my wrist, had few seconds back did same to another guy (he was also bleeding).
1.Also doesn't the space between fingers & nails provide airless space & can keep Hiv virus alive.
2. Can dirt in nails provide fertile ground for Virus, & make it live longer
I am sorry to bother you again, but i am too scared from that day, because I saw other guy's blood in his nails & my wrist was also bleeding considerably.
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Anonymous
Hello,

Thanks for reaching out to us again! It seems like you're still troubled by acquiring HIV from a traumatic fight and I'm happy you came back with follow-up questions.

When we say that HIV can't be passed on once exposed to air, this is generally because of how difficult it is for the virus to travel from the blood of a person living with HIV, to the outside environment, and into the bloodstream of a person without HIV - exposure to air is just one part of this long journey! For this reason fighting is a low-risk activity. I can't tell you exactly how long it takes for the virus to die once exposed to air because many factors come into play, but I can tell you that our information is based on how the majority of new infections occur and the scenario you described really isn't typical.

Especially after a violent event I understand that it's easy to be consumed by 'what-if's' like whether or not the virus can survive under fingernails but I encourage you to focus on what I have to tell you in terms of the likelihood of acquiring the virus in this way.

Please don't hesitate to contact us again if there's anything else we can do for you!

Jeremy

AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer

E-mail: helpline@aidsvancouver.org

Phone (Mon-Thurs 10am-4pm; Friday 10am-3pm): (604)253-0566 ext 299

Web: helpline.aidsvancouver.org
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