Anonymous
Hello,

on Tuesday morning i checked my earpods (last use the night before) and saw a little red spot (today more light brown) on one tip and in the case.
As in the night i used them in bed in the dark, i do not know till when they were there.
The last time before i used them was on Monday morning, when i came from my doctor. The whole house and the floor were empty since all offices were closed already.
Maybe someone used the hall for taking drugs and left some blood on the knob of the door.
If i would have got some blood on my fingers and transferred it to the earphones, could i be at risk for HIV?
Best regards.
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helpline-volunteer
Hi there,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from your question, you are asking about the possibility of HIV transmission after potentially coming in contact with dried blood. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No Risk

In order for transmission to occur, a number of requirements must be met (see below). 

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HIV transmission requires the presence of HIV positive fluid (such as semen, vaginal fluid, pre-cum, rectal fluid, breastmilk, etc), coupled with a High, Low, or Negligible Risk activity, that provides the virus with direct access to the bloodstream.

The activity you described above is of No Risk
 because "HIV does not survive long outside the human body (such as on surfaces), and it cannot reproduce outside a human host" (1). Due to exposure to oxygen, HIV undergoes a rapid reduction in concentration. Therefore, in the event that there was HIV positive fluid present, the exposure to oxygen, coupled with the fact that there was no direct access to the bloodstream, means there is No Risk of transmission from this activity. 

Recommendation: 
No need for HIV test with the scenario provided, refer to a healthcare professional for other health related questions.

Regards,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Ashley 

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