Anonymous
Hi there,

My friend and I visited a colleague in a community hospital where he was confined due to surgery. I stayed in the hospital for almost three hours as I also took my lunch there.I am now however concerned because I was long enough in the hospital to touch lots of things there and I was told that they also admit HIV patients there.I mean I could have rubbed my eyes and nose and touched my penis tip during urination with my hands that could have touched things that probably got also in contact with those HIV patients and who knows if they left some body fluids in those.Is it then a risk for HIV in touching eyes, nose and my tip of penis from my hands without prior washing especially while inside a hospital? Thank you for the answers.
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Anonymous
Hello and thanks for reaching out to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline with your question.

It seems like you are concerned about contracting HIV from casual contact. We are glad to provide some information.

HIV when exposed to air is not transmittable. For transmission to occur there has to be body fluids that have direct access to your blood stream as shown in the transmission equation below. The visit that you had to the hospital is considered a no risk activity as far as HIV transmission is concerned.

HIV TRANSMISSION EQUATION


BODY FLUID
+
ACTIVITY
+
DIRECT ACCESS TO BLOODSTREAM
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• 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
HIV does not go through intact skin. Touching items that have been handled by a person infected with HIV does not put you at risk. The following websites are additional information you can refer to for answers to HIV related questions. The [CDC](http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/transmission.html) website, [CATIE](http://catie.ca/en/basics/hiv-and-aids#how) and http://www.thebody.com. If you have further questions feel free to contact us again.


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