Anonymous
Hello! I am sorry, I have a question...
The really bad situation had happened to me. There was a bbq party and I got a little cut on my finger,
after that I took the bottle of vodka and i tried to desinfected the wound, so I washed my finger with vodka,
then I took a towel and pressed the towell to my finger, but later I found out the towell that I had taken just from the laundry wasn' t clean enough, there was an old dried and washed blood stain on it...
the question is next:
1)Is that situation dangerous?
2)Is testing required?
I know...I heard that air and laundry washing dergent could kill the virus,
but what about the blood-to-blood contact, there was a real blood-to-blood contact! despite to the fact that the blood on the towell was dried and washed. Please help me, give me the suggestion.
Thank you
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Anonymous
Thank you for contacting AIDS Vancouver.

It sounds like you're worried that your bleeding finger coming into contact with a bloodstain on a rag might have put you in danger of acquiring HIV. I hope the following information reassures you that what you described does not pose any risk of HIV transmission. Here's why:

Don't let the phrase "blood-to-blood" contact confuse you. In order to acquire HIV, there needs to be an activity + a bodily fluid capable of transmitting HIV (blood, semen, pre-semen, rectal secretions, vaginal secretions or breast milk) + direct access to your bloodstream. HIV is a relatively weak virus, and quickly stops being transmissible after it has been exposed to air. So coming into contact with dried blood (which obviously had been exposed to air for quite some time) would not put you at any risk of acquiring HIV. That means there is NO RISK of acquiring HIV this way.

In addition, since you engaged in a no-risk activity, testing is not required for that exposure. That said, we encourage anyone who is sexually active to get tested for HIV and other STIs regularly as a way of promoting sexual health. I am not sure if this would apply to you, but I did not want to categorically send a message that you shouldn't get tested in case our general guidance applies to you.

I hope this has cleared up your situation for you. If you would like to know more about HIV transmission, [this website](http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/transmission.html) provides a lot of useful information.

Yours in health,

Matt, Helpline Volunteer

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

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