Anonymous
hi, 
thank you for all the great work you are doing. 
I have a simple question.
Yesterday while hugging a person, The mucous membrane of my eye accidentally got into a direct contact with a person’s skin face. ( beard and skin). 
From what i remember there was no blood on this person’s face but im not sure ( could be ) but definitely the mucous touched the skin since my eye got irritated a bit. 
In case there was a blood on face ( logically not) , could this incident still be a risky hiv transmission? ( of course assuming the person is hiv +)
thank you very much
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helpline-volunteer

Hi there,


Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about HIV transmission from contact of your ocular surface to someones skin. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No risk (Transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario).

In order for HIV to be transmitted in this scenario, the person you hugged would have needed to have a large, open and actively bleeding wound with a significant amount of blood entering your eye. HIV needs a very controlled environment to survive and when it is exposed to air it quickly is deactivated.

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, Rashell


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