Anonymous
Today I touched a table that had fresh blood on from the previous person who sat their
My finger had a large cut am I at risk of hiv and hepatitis
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Anonymous
Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you are asking about your risk of acquiring HIV after touching a table which had blood on it, using your finger that had a large cut on it. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No Risk (Transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario). [No risk](https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/healthy-living/canadian-immunization-guide-part-4-active-vaccines/page-16-pneumococcal-vaccine.html).

The blood was on the table, which means it was exposed to the air, or oxygen. Anytime blood is exposed to oxygen, the environmental elements quickly render the HIV inactive. If your finger had a large cut on it, and you touched the blood, the HIV in the blood would have been inactive.

Recommendation: No need for HIV test with the scenario provided, refer to a healthcare professional for other health related questions.

Regards,
AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Heidi
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