Anonymous
Hello
I live in a crowded city and today walked past a junkie who had blood on his face and body....It didnt seem to be dripping but it looked quite fresh... we briefly came into contact as we went past each other ...when i got home after 20min i took a shower because i thought some blood might have got into my hair.. (i have long hair)
my worry is:
when i got under the shower and rinsed my hair the water fell on my vagina and anus (before applying shampoo).. I ask this because i am aware that HIV can enter the body via those mucus membranes......after that, i got soap and washed the vagina and anus.. However now i am not sure if that was a good or bad idea. in the event of virus being present, would washing and rubbing the area help it enter the membranes?...
of course i din't wash inside the anus or vagina, but one cant help touching the beginning of the internal part of the vagina slightly in the process.....

Would this be a possible way of contracting HIV? I mean: if i had infected blood on my hair//body and rinsed it over my mucus membranes in the shower, would it be possible to get infected??

Or by trying to wash it but instead pushing into the vagina.?

Does water alone kills the virus?

i have searched the internet but haven't found a answer for this yet.... Thanks soo much for your help. i really appreciate it.
Thanks again.

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Anonymous
Hello and thanks for reaching out to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline. It sounds like you are concerned about your risk of HIV transmission after having come into contact with the blood of a stranger on the street. You also seem to be concerned about the blood touching your vagina, eyes and anus while showering shortly afterward.

When assessing the risk of HIV transmission we can refer to the HIV Transmission equation below:

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
In the situation that you described, you are at No Risk of HIV Transmission. There are a number of reasons for this, they are:

* HIV needs a human host to survive. Once the virus is outside of the body and exposed to oxygen (on the stranger's face and body) it has died and can no longer transmit.

* HIV cannot be transmitted through casual touch.

* You did not engage in a High Risk activity as listed above in the HIV Transmission Equation.

* There was no direct access to your bloodstream. Simply washing/rubbing yourself(vagina/anus/eyes) in the shower is not going to provide the conditions necessary for direct access to the bloodstream.

* HIV is transmitted HUMAN-TO-HUMAN. It needs to live within a human host to survive. The water would not carry the virus into your vagina, eyes or anus. Once HIV is outside of the body and exposed to oxygen it dies and can no longer transmit.

I would encourage you to check out the following resources for more information about HIV:

  • Risk Assessment Chart


  • CATIE.ca


  • Smart Sex Resource


  • Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

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