Anonymous
 Hi, I wanted to ask if its possible to get HIV if  my body was in lots of blood for like few hours and I didnt have any cuts on my skin if this possible, because I read from some source it can happen but then I read its impossible to get HIV if you dont have any cuts on skin, Thanks. 
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helpline-volunteer

Hi there,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the possibility of HIV transmission from your body being in lots of blood. 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 HIV Transmission Equation (see down below).

Even if there had been blood containing HIV positive particles on your body, the HIV particles would be inactivated as exposure of the virus to oxygen quickly deactivates it. The CDC has shown that "HIV does not survive long outside the body (such on surfaces), and it cannot reproduce outside of the human host" (1). When HIV is exposed to oxygen, it undergoes a rapid decrease in concentration (90-99% within a couple of hours), so the risk of environmental transmission of HIV is essentially zero (1). You also mention that you did not have any cuts on your skin which is a lack of direct access to the bloodstream. 

Therefore, in the event that the blood did have HIV positive particles, the exposure to oxygen, coupled with the fact that there was no direct access to the bloodstream, means there is No Risk of transmission from the blood on your body. Therefore, this scenario does not meet the three components of the HIV Transmission Equation (see down below).

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

Regards,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Sonali

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1. HIV in the environment  

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