Anonymous
After a fight, I was wiping blood off the floor then accidental rubbed my eyes. Is there a possibility of transmission from the blood or the dirty floor?
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Anonymous
Hi there and thank you for reaching out to AIDS Vancouver helpline. We're happy to help! It sounds like you're concerned about HIV transmission from blood present on the floor.

First of all, the situation that you have described is considered a no risk situation. HIV is a person-to-person virus, and cannot be acquired from body fluid on the floor. Here is a copy of the AIDS Vancouver transmission equation, to help further your understanding:

HIV TRANSMISSION EQUATION


BODY FLUID
+
ACTIVITY
+
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
As you can see, all 3 factors (body fluid, activity, and direct access to the bloodstream) need to be present in order for there to be a risk of HIV transmission. Your eyes do not provide direct access to the bloodstream unless the mucosal membrane is severely damaged. Furthermore, HIV is a very delicate virus and cannot survive for long outside of the human body. Once exposed to the air, the virus becomes damaged and is no longer able to transmit. Any fluid you would have encountered on the floor would have already been exposed to the air, and thus would no longer able to transmit.

I hope I have answered your question, and feel free to contact us with any further concerns.

Regards,

Sierra, Helpline Volunteer

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