Anonymous
Hi, 

I was taking care of a patient who is hiv positive and antireteoviral medications already. The patient had what's called a purewick which is like a vacuum to suck up her urine. While changing the old urine cannister a small speck got into my eye. The urine is old. I am currently undergoing test. But what are the odds I can get hiv this way?
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helpline-volunteer

Hello,


Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the risk of acquiring HIV from a drop of urine coming into contact with your eye. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No Risk (transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario).

The scenario mentioned above does not meet the three components of the transmission equation. It does not satisfy the equation because urine is not a bodily fluid that can transmit the HIV virus.
Helpline Transmission Equation .jpgRecommendation: No need for HIV test with the scenario provided, refer to a healthcare professional for other health related questions.

Regards,
AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Marie

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