Anonymous
I believe I was exposed to hiv, currently waiting on testing. About an hour or so after I believe I was exposed I scrapped my arm and was bleeding. A small child touched it quickly. I do not believe there were any cuts, even if there was a small paper cut by chance could they be at risk? I know outside air kills virus immediately. Hand sanitizer was used right away followed by washing of their hands. Over 4 weeks and no symptons for child.
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Anonymous
Hello!

It sounds like you're concerned about passing on HIV to the child who touched your cut. Thanks for coming to us at AIDS Vancouver for help. I trust that I'll be able to answer your questions and provide you with some peace of mind.

Based on what you've told me the child is not at risk of acquiring HIV because:

HIV cannot be passed on after bodily fluids have been exposed to the air.

HIV cannot be passed on through small cuts on your fingers, or through the skin. Only injuries that require professional medical treatment right away (e.g. stitches, surgery) may provide direct access to the bloodstream.

HIV cannot be acquired from physical contact on the outside of the body.

I trust I have answered your questions but feel free to reach out to us again if there's anything else we can do for you.

Jeremy

AIDS Vancouver Volunteer

Monday to Friday 10AM to 4PM (PST)

604-253-0566 ext 299
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