Anonymous
What If the blood was not dried and was just smeared there from someone else right before I touched it with my slightly bleeding cut on my finger above my nail? So it's not dried or entirely dried. Still a no risk?
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Anonymous
Hi there, thank you for contacting us again.

You are correct, you are at no risk for contracting HIV. The blood does not need to have been dried for the virus to die, simply air exposure will kill the virus. Also, even if your cut was bleeding slightly it would not provide access for the virus into your blood stream. Small, superficial cuts of the skin do not put you at risk for HIV transmission. HIV is a very hard virus to transmit and transmission only really ever occurs as a result of certain sexual activities, injection drug use, or mother-to-child transmission.

I hope that answers your questions and alleviates your anxiety. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact us again.

In health,

Arne, AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
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