Anonymous
I have lots of cuts on my hands from eczema and I was cleaning the walls with soap and water today before painting them. I wasn't wearing gloves then saw what looked like dry blood. Is it possible to reactivate hiv blood, IF this was indeed hiv blood? Silly question, but I don't want to catch something like this disease and I fear with the dry blood being wet again and my hands being cut, that I'll get this condition.
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for your question!

This is a no risk situation because the HIV virus cannot live outside of the body when it is exposed to the external environment. The virus needs its human host to survive. This means that even if there was dried blood on your hands, it would not pose a risk to you. Furthermore, eczema is not a route of access for the HIV virus to enter. When we refer to cuts as being access points, we are talking about ones that are deep enough to need medical attention (like stitches or surgery). For these reasons, there is no risk here.

If you need further clarification, please do not hesitate to ask. We are more than happy to help!

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Caroline

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