Anonymous
I ordered a pair of jeans from the Buckle. I wore them for a few hours before I realized that their was dried blood from someone else in the crotch. I was also wearing thong underwear. Am I at risk?
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Anonymous
Hi there, thanks for contacting the AIDS Vancouver helpline with your HIV related questions and concerns. We're happy to help!

I understand this may have been a distressing situation to you but hopefully my answer will help to ease your worries!

This is a No Risk situation. The reason for this is that HIV is a delicate virus that needs to be inside the human body to be infectious. Once it's exposed outside of the body and in the general environment, it becomes damaged, and inactivated, and can no longer be passed on. This means that the blood in those pants was not a risk to you, neither would any bodily fluids on inanimate objects be a risk.

This transmission equation may help to make things clearer:


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

I hope this helped! Please check out our website or avert.org for more great HIV information.
Sincerely,

Christina

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