Anonymous
Thanks for your reply, but I have a final question. You said that even if the cigarette ashes that blew into my eyes and mouth had saliva on them , they couldn't transmit HIV, due to the fact that HIV dies upon exposure to air. Suppose if the saliva had blood in it? Thank you.
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Anonymous
Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for your HIV/AIDS related health information. It seems you have a question about HIV transmission. We're happy to answer your question for you.

You've answered your question yourself! HIV is a very fragile virus that is rendered intransmissible on exposure to air. Any virus in any fluid (blood or saliva) is not capable of being transmitted to you once it is exposed to the air. This is the case with cigarette ash.

Thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline with your question, we hope it has been answered fully.

Trevor

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

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