Anonymous
I recently visited my friend in the university and since it was taking sometime to get a cab, I decided to go to the nearby university hospital to get in the queue.I was then able to get a cab but the previous passenger seemed to be very sick but I rode the vehicle anyways.When I reached home, I happened to wipe my eyes as it got a bit itchy but just then realized that I did not even wash my hands or use any sanitizer at all. You see, I touched the surfaces in the cab like doors, seat, locks, etc and what if the previous passenger was HIV positive and also touched those surfaces and left tinge of body fluids there ? Was this event a risk for HIV transmission and do I need testing? Thanks for your good advice as I am worried.
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Anonymous
Hi there and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

I understand that you are worried about the possibility of having contracted HIV after taking a cab that was previously taken by a sick person.

I would like to clarify that HIV cannot be transmitted casually. It cannot be transmitted through inanimate objects, such as surfaces of the cabs exterior/interior. For there to be any risk of infection, several conditions would need to be present. These conditions include the exchange of bodily fluids (such as blood, semen, vaginal fluids) + engaging in high risk activity (such as unprotected anal/vaginal sex, needle sharing) + direct access to the blood stream.

Additionally, HIV cannot survive outside of the human body as the virus dies soon upon its exposure to air.

As you can see from the transmission equation presented above and from learning about the nature of the virus, the situation that you have described puts you at no risk of HIV transmission. You also do not require testing.

I trust that I have answered your question. For additional information on HIV risk, prevention, and testing, feel free to visit our website at http://www.aidsvancouver.org. You may also benefit from consulting these additional resources:
http://www.avert.org, http://www.catie.ca, http://www.thebody.com, and http://www.smartsexresourse.com


In health,

Malath

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