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Hi i am from India who is suffering from OCD about germs from few years and here there is a kite festival every year where people fly kites with very sharp strings and try to have like kite fight and cut other persons kite string. So basically i was doing the same with my friends. So one of my friend 1 day before i flew kites with him got already a huge or big cut on his hand from the string if i remember what he said. And when he came next day to fly cuts with me he had some bandages or maybe cotton. This happened in January. So when i was flying the kites i got slight smalls cuts on my hand and we were sharing the same kite string and flying together. I think he also got some more new cuts on his hands as he was flying again with me even with existing from one previous day. This friend has done unprotected sex and had multiple partners. Now i am very scared when i think about it. I get thoughts and anxiety about it that i might have got HiV from that incident. I am worried that he might got some of his blood on the string from cuts and our blood was getting into each others bodies from those cuts as we sometimes kept getting more and more new cuts cause these kite strings are very sharp. I am unable to sleep at nights from this thoughts and very scared. Please help me. Should i get tested ? I know HiV transmits from sex and needles only and it does not transmit from objects but is it possible in this situation as i told you ? As the cuts were fresh ? and maybe even getting more new cuts ? with having blood on it.
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Anonymous
Hi there and thank you for reaching out to AIDS Vancouver with your question! We're happy to help.

In order for a cut or wound to pose as a risk for HIV transmission, the cut needs to be gushing blood and require immediate and professional medical attention. The cuts that you have described above do not match this description, and thus do not pose as a risk for HIV transmission.

Furthermore, HIV is a very delicate virus and cannot survive outside of the human body. Once exposed to the air, the virus becomes damaged and is no longer able to transmit. Therefore, any blood from your friend's cut that would be on the kite string would be exposed to the air, and thus would not be able to transmit HIV.

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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