Anonymous
I was told my situation is a NO RISK as hiv dies once exposed to air. I just want to confirm that you read my post correctly and my own hands are cracking and keep bleeding from this dry cold weather. This was happening the same day this guy came and touched everything of mine in my car. I had to immediately drive the car after him and with no gloves. Because I used the only white winter cotton glove I had to open the door and discovered there was a smear of this guy's blood on the outside of my glove that wiped off the handle. I threw the glove away. Can I catch hiv through the glove as its sheer? I'm still stressing over this because he was bleeding on his hand and my cuts were slightly bleeding. No we did not rub them together but I had to immediately touch stuff after this guy. The next day while driving my car not thinking about it I put my finger up my nose. Then about 20 minutes later I blew my nose and blood was on the tissue and I'm seriously FREAKING OUT THINKING WHAT IF THE BLOOD THAT CAME OUT OF MY NOSE WAS from me touching something in my car that this mechanic who was bleeding touched?? Is it even possible to get hiv this way? Please be more specific and answer everything I've asked because I'm so stressed out! THANK YOU!
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Anonymous
Hi there and thanks for contacting us again. I just reread my response to you and I did answer answer you about how HIV was transmitted and, from the incident you describe, you are at no risk for HIV.

As I explained HIV is a very weak virus and dies once it is exposed to the air. That means there would be no HIV active in your car, on your keys or the white cotton glove. Again, if both your hands were bleeding, there was still no risk because, as you stated "we did not rub them together".

As far as touching some blood in your nose the next day, the same theory for no risk of HIV because it had been exposed to the air.

Finally, you have not been exposed to HIV and you are definitely HIV negative, regardless of all activities you describe. I know this experience has been traumatic for you. You may wish to discuss it with your doctor for further clarification and reassurance.

I trust I have addressed your concerns to your satisfaction.

Jonathan, AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
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