Anonymous
Hello!

I am a physiotherapy student in a hospital doing some training and one time, I went into in the ward to check few patients along with a supervisor. Afterwards, I proceeded to wash my hands but because there was some kind of partially opened cupboard in front of me, I decided to close it well and in the process some water in my hands splashed and made its way into my nose and eyes. I mean, if one of the patients that we did check is HIV positive, will this event put me at risk considering that the virus could have been in my hands but got into my eyes and nose because of the splash.I do not remember any wetness in my hands though before I wash my hands. Is this of concern for HIV transmission? I'm actually worried. Thank you.
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Anonymous
Hi there and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Online Helpline.

There is no risk of acquiring HIV from this situation you described. HIV in bodily fluids becomes non-transmissible when it is exposed to the air. Any blood or other bodily fluid you may have had on your hands would no have contained transmissible HIV. In addition to this, HIV needs direct access to the bloodstream to be transmitted. Water containing bodily fluid being splashed on your face and into your nose would not provide access to the bloodstream.

For more information about HIV you can always visit the AIDS Vancouver website or CATIE.ca.

I hope this information helps to answer your questions.

Isla (Volunteer)

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