Anonymous
I recently went to a food court to order some food.While waiting, I heard someone got cut in the kitchen.When I got my packets of food, there were some wet brownish spots in the plastic bag and I was not sure if they were blood or soy sauce.Now, when I went home just from walking after 15 minutes, I removed my glasses but my hands carrying the bag with the brownish briefly brushed my eyes.I mean I do not want to overanalyzed but if someone cooking is HIV positive and some of his blood touched the plastic bag which my hands has touched and then my hands could have briefly brushed my eyes, will this be a risk for HIV then?. Thanks!
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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 the possibility of HIV transmitting. We're happy to answer your question for you.

This is a no risk situation. To understand why, know that HIV is a a very fragile virus that is rendered intransmissible on exposure to air. Any virus potentially in that fluid would not be able to be 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 that required for transfer are all of a fluid involved in transfer, an activity involved in transfer, and direct access to the bloodstream. This does not involve an activity involved in transfer, nor does it provide direct access to the bloodstream to any significant extent. For these reasons, this is a no risk situation.

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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