Anonymous
Last weekend I met a man who was HIV positive with an undetectable viral load. We cuddled a little bit clothed and I touched his arm and hands. About 6 hours later I touched the inside of my nose as I have a cut there. I picked the scab and didn't wash my hands in between touched the hiv+ persons hands and touching my nose. Is this a risk of transmission?
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Anonymous
Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for you HIV/AIDS related health information. It sounds like your are concerned about your risk of HIV transmission.

When assessing HIV risk, we can refer to the HIV Transmission Equation below:
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
The situation that you have described is a No Risk situation. Here are some reasons why:

* HIV needs a human host to survive. Once HIV is outside of the body (on the skin) and exposed to oxygen it can not longer transmit. This means that any fluids containing HIV on the skin has been exposed to air and cannot transmit to you.

* HIV cannot be transmitted through casual touch like cuddling.

* HIV needs direct access to your bloodstream in order to transmit. There was no direct access to your bloodstream. Superficial cuts, like the cut inside you nose, simply do not provide the conditions necessary for HIV transmission.

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

  • Smart Sex Resource


  • Risk Assessment Chart


  • HIV Basics



  • Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

    Hilary


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