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I am still a student and recently participated in a medical mission overseas to help young people with various health problems including sexually transmitted diseases like HIV. The activities involved interviewing them, took their vitals signs and assisted the doctors during physical examinations so basically it involved some direct contacts with them and I do not know if I happened to come in contact with their body fluids. I was wearing long sleeve shirt during this activity but at times I tend to wipe my face, eyes and mouth with my sleeves since I do not exactly want to touch my face with my hands after touching the patients. I however thought that I could have still touched my sleeves with my hands and in the process if there are HIV positive among them, I could have transferred them from my hands, then to my sleeves and eventually to my eyes or mouth whenever I wiped my face. My question is , it is possible to transmit the HIV from my hands then I touched the sleeves of my shirt and then I wipe my eyes and mouth with the sleeves of my shirt? I read that the eye is a mucosa and could be a route.Thanks for the answer.
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for your question.

It sounds like you are concerned about the risk of HIV transmission from HIV+ patients to your clothes, and then to potential access points on your body. However, there is no risk in the situation you have described. This is because the HIV virus dies when exposed to air, and cannot live on inanimate objects. HIV is a human-to-human virus, and needs its human host to survive. This means that even if HIV+ fluid got onto your clothes and then you rubbed your eyes/mouth/face, the virus cannot transmit to you.

I hope this clears things up! Please let us know if you need any further clarification.

Best,

Caroline

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