Anonymous
I work in a clinic where I received mostly communications from other clients One time, I received a small box containing vaginal smears in glass slides (paps smear) which was processed to be examined by the doctors.After few minutes, I happened to rub my eyes with my fingers and I actually forgot to wash my hands. I examined the box and I see a minute drop of fluid in one outside but I do not know what is was. It could from anything like drop of water, sweat or could be from anything. I mean, if that liquid came from an HIV positive person and perhaps I touched it and perhaps got into my eyes when I accidentally rubbed it, I am just worried. Thank you.HIV
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Anonymous
Hello and thanks for reaching out to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

It seems you are worried about a drop of fluid that come into contact with your eyes.

The glass slides (paps smear) have no risk to you. The liquid the from the smear has been already exposed to air. HIV once exposed to air become intransmissible.
It is good you mentioned about the importance of hand washing, especially you working at the Clinic. Let's always keep that in our mind. it's a good practice.

I hope this information helps and If you like to know more about HIV transmission, visit this websites [AIDS Vancouver](http://www.aidsvancouver.org/) and [CATIE](http://www.catie.ca/en/home).

Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

Best in Health!

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