Anonymous
So I queued in one of the food court but because of too many people, I was pushed on one side and my face rubbed straight in the adjacent wall.I think my eyes, nose and mouth touched the wall.I did not have any wounds or bruises but this wall is where people tend to hold while on queue and not really clean with all the stuff.My question is if HIV from the hands of the people has been present in the wall, will it be transferred to me by exposure of my eyes and mouth in the wall? I do not know if it's possible but I am just worried. Thank you.
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline. We are happy to help!

There is no risk in this situation. This is because HIV is a human-to-human virus, meaning that the virus cannot live outside of the human body. Therefore, if there were bodily fluids containing HIV on the wall, it could not pass to you. Furthermore, your face is not an access point for HIV to enter your body. This is because your skin acts as a barrier and works to keep HIV out. For these reasons, there is no risk.

I hope this helps. Please let us know if you need further clarification.

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Caroline

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