Anonymous
i think i had a pimple like ulcer in my mouth, and a friend of mine has bruised her gums while brushing. we didnt intend but we ended up drinking water from an aids patients bottle. the patient was bleeding from her mouth due to low platelate counts and she was suffering from blood cancer. she was drinking water from the same bottle using either a straw or spoon. we dont know if that water that we drank had her blood. do we pose a risk to be infected or not? please do reply ASAP!
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Anonymous
Hello,

Thank you for choosing AIDS Vancouver as the source of your inquires. I can see the distress you are having and I hope the information I provide can put your mind at ease.

This risk is considered a no-risk situation for acquiring HIV because:

* HIV cannot be passed on after it has been exposed to the air, and cannot live outside of the human body (e.g. in water, on surfaces)
* Saliva contains a substance (enzymes) that helps stop HIV transmission from happening.

Therefore, if any blood had come into contact with the water bottle then, the virus would have been exposed to the air before you had drank from it and could not be passed on. Ulcers and bruises or small cuts from brushing your teeth do not normally provide direct access to the bloodstream.

I hope this information is helpful and I have attached a copy of the HIV transmission equation for your reference. Additionally, the following link can be used to see what other activities no not pose a risk of acquiring HIV: http://helpline.aidsvancouver.org/question/risk-assessment-chart

HIV TRANSMISSION EQUATION


BODY FLUID
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ACTIVITY
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DIRECT ACCESS TO BLOODSTREAM
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• 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
Feel free to contact the AIDS Vancouver Helpline again in the future to answer general inquiries:

By phone: (604) 253-0566 (ext) 299


By email:helpline@aidsvancouver.org


Online: http://www.aidsvancouver.org**


In Good health,
Gary AIDS Vancouver Volunteer




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