Anonymous
I work at a restaurant and one of the machines that is made out some kind of metal got chipped that I was unaware of and I got this metal splinter from it in my hand when I touched it. A coworker who is HIV positive informed me that he cut himself on that same spot about 15 minutes earlier and seemed concerned for me. Am I at risk for HIV? Or hep C if he had that as well?
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Anonymous
Hi there and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Online Helpline.

There is no risk of HIV from cutting yourself on a metal surface at work. This is because when HIV in bodily fluids (such as blood) is exposed to the air it becomes non-transmissible. Any of your coworkers blood that could have been on the metal surface would have been exposed to the air and would not contain transmissible HIV.

I do not have a lot of information about hepatitis C, but you can visit CATIE.ca or smartsexresource.com for more information about hepatitis C.

For more information about HIV you can always visit the AIDS Vancouver website.

I hope this information helps to answer your questions.

Isla (Volunteer)

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