Anonymous
Hi
Recently I have been to a pathology for blood test. I was waiting because the nurse was attending someone. Once the person went away the nurse called in and I opened the door with my fingers. Actually my finger burned while cooking 2 Days ago and it was oozing little blood on the day to pathology. I am afraid since my wound got touched with door knob. Before seconds the other person who had his test touched the door knob and i am worried whether it had any hiv blood and got touched to my wound. Once I touched the door knob I rubbed my finger on a tissue and i am worried more now by doing that I might pushed the fluid inside. Please help me as I am really paranoid.
Can virus die within seconds and is my wound with little blood an entry into the body.
Thanks
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Anonymous
Hi there,

Thank you for reaching out to AIDS Vancouver, I'm happy to address your concerns.

It sounds like you're very worried about acquiring HIV by touching a door handle at the pathology office. However, for your specific case, you are not at risk for acquiring HIV through the blood/puss on your finger because HIV cannot exist outside of the body. This means that HIV cannot survive on objects, materials, or surfaces such as a door handle.

You are correct that when HIV is exposed to oxygen (the air) it dies, and becomes unable to be transmitted to another person.

Below, I have attached an HIV transmission equation, which shows you that in order to acquire HIV, THREE different aspects ALL need to be present.

HIV TRANSMISSION EQUATION


BODY FLUID
+
ACTIVITY
+
DIRECT ACCESS TO BLOODSTREAM
---------- -------- ----------------------------
• blood (including menstrual) • unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse • vagina
• semen • sharing needles • anus
• pre-cum • mother to child (in specific cases) • urethra in the penis
• rectal secretions • open cuts and sores (in theory)
• vaginal fluids • other mucosal membranes
• breast milk • points of needle injection
For your specific case, we see that acquiring HIV is impossible because:

1. body fluid = the door handle = NOT applicable

2. activity = touching a door handle = NOT applicable

3. direct access to the bloodstream = your skin touching the door handle = NOT applicable.

I hope this helped to clarify things for you and help you feel a sense of relief. If you have anymore questions, please do not hesitate to ask. For more information, please visit our website at

All the best,

Leila

AIDS Vancouver Helpline

Phone: 604-253-0566 ext 299

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