Anonymous
I may have been exposed to hiv, awaiting testing. About an hour or so after my possible exposure, I had a small cut on my leg that was bleeding. Someone had touched the blood on the cut, of which I believe had no cuts. Even if there was a possible small paper cut (at least a day or two old nothing fresh) are they at risk? No symptons has happened for that person.
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

We are happy to help answer your question. The person who touched the blood on your cut is at no risk of acquiring HIV since, it cannot be passed on after body fluids (e.g. blood) have been exposed to the air. Additionally, we will include the transmission equation, and a link to our [Risk Chart](http://helpline.aidsvancouver.org/question/risk-assessment-chart), to show you a little more about how HIV transmission happens:

For a risk of acquiring HIV to exist, 3/3 parts must be present in an exposure:

HIV TRANSMISSION EQUATION


BODY FLUID
+
ACTIVITY
+
DIRECT ACCESS TO BLOODSTREAM
---------- -------- ----------------------------
• 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

We trust we have answered your question fully and encourage you to ask another question in the future. Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

Sincerely,

Marta

AIDS Vancouver Volunteer

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