Anonymous
I recently moved to a new flat.I was however told by the owner that the previous tenant was HIV positive and that we should try to clean the place very well.Few days after moving, I brought some spring rolls but somehow, some of the rolls got out of the package and briefly touched the plate mat in the table that was supposedly used by the previous tenant.I should not over think about it but is this incident a possible route for HIV transmission if some body fluids were left by the previous tenant in the plate mat that just got dried which could have touched my food and I ate it afterwards? I mean the tenant just left about a month ago. Thank you.
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Anonymous
Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for your HIV/AIDS related health information. It seems you're concerned about HIV possibly transmitting from a surface. We're happy to answer your question for you.

This is a no risk situation for a number of reasons. Most importantly, know that HIV is a very fragile virus that is rendered intransmissible once it has left the body. Even if there was a fluid containing the virus on that surface, it would not be capable of being transmitted to you. Also consider the transmission equation:

HIV TRANSMISSION EQUATION


BODY FLUID
+
ACTIVITY
+
DIRECT ACCESS TO BLOODSTREAM
---------- -------- ----------------------------
• blood (including menstrual) • unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse • vagina
• semen • sharing needles • anus
• pre-cum • mother to child (in specific cases) • urethra in the penis
• rectal secretions • open cuts and sores (in theory)
• vaginal fluids • other mucosal membranes
• breast milk • points of needle injection
You'll see in the chart that required for transfer are all of a fluid known to be involved in transfer, an activity known to be involved in transfer, and direct access to the bloodstream. Coming into contact with a fluid on a surface is not an activity known the be involved in transfer, nor does it provide access to the bloodstream whatsoever. For these reasons, there is no risk of HIV being transmitted this way.

Thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline with your question, we hope it has been answered fully.

Trevor

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

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