Anonymous
Is rubbing your eye when your on a pbilic bus an risk for hiv? Like what if there was hiv postive fluids on the bus and u touched them then rubbed your eye??
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Anonymous
Hi there,

Thanks for contacting us at AIDS Vancouver for your HIV related questions.

To answer your question bluntly – no. Rubbing your eye on a public bus puts you at absolutely no risk for acquiring HIV.

Let me explain why.

HIV is the *human* immunodeficiency virus. It is passed directly from human-to-human, not from human-object-human. It is a sexually transmitted disease, passed through either (unprotected) anal or vaginal intercourse. The only exceptions to this are the sharing of needles for the purpose of injection or deep, profusely bleeding and fresh wounds.

For HIV to be transmitted, three things need to occur. First, HIV+ bodily fluids need to be present. These include: blood, vaginal or anal fluids, semen, pre-cum or breast milk. Second, the HIV+ fluids need to come into direct contact with the blood stream of an HIV- person. Direct contact, as I stated above, means sexual intercourse, the sharing of needles or an open wound. Finally, HIV needs a closed system to survive. As soon as HIV is exposed to the air, it dies. This is the most important aspect in regards to your questions because any HIV+ fluids that may have been present on the bus would not have been maintained within a closed system and would therefore be long dead.

I trust that this has adequately answered your question. Please do not hesitate to contact us again with any further questions.


Wishing you all the best,

Chantelle
AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
(604)-696-4666/ http://www.aidsvancouver.org
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