Anonymous
I have fairly long nails and as I pulled a blanket off of me my nail got caught. It ripped the corner of my nail right off and started bleeding heavily. Unfortunately there was no bandaids so I rinsed my finger, and headed out to the store. My finger still had plenty of dried blood as I picked up a box of bandaids. I didn't touch anything else but because there was wet blood could I have contracted anything?
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Anonymous
Hi there,

You haven't asked me specifically about contracting HIV but since this forum is dedicated to providing HIV/AIDS related information, I will answer your question in this context.

Firstly, several conditions would need to be met for there to be any risk of HIV infection. These conditions include the exchange of bodily fluids with a potentially high viral load (blood, semen) + engaging in high risk activity (such as unprotected anal/vaginal sex, needle sharing) + direct access to the blood stream.

Secondly, HIV does not survive on open surfaces for longer than a few seconds. That is because the virus is weak and dies soon upon its exposure to air. So, chances for you to contract HIV from touching any surface with your nail injured and still bleeding are very slim if non-existent. The situation that you described puts you at no risk of HIV infection and you do not require testing.

I trust that I have answered your question.

Best wishes,

Malath
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