Anonymous
Hello, I have got this strange situation.
In shoping mall I touched smartphones in shop (many people touch them), then I order food and I touched bread by dirty nails. Maybe there was a virus on hand or undernails. When I was eating, I bited internal side of a cheek, ( maybe there was a blood there) and then right after I ate this bread.
Thank you
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Anonymous
Hi there and thank you for reaching out to AIDS Vancouver with your questions. We're happy to help!

To answer your question, no, this is not a method of transmission for HIV, and is considered a no risk situation. HIV is a very delicate virus, and cannot survive for long outside of the human body. Once is it exposed to the air, the virus becomes damaged and is no longer able to transmit. Any body fluid present on the smartphones or food have already been exposed to the air, and thus would no longer be able to transmit.

Furthermore, in order for a cut or wound to pose as a risk for HIV, the cut needs to be gushing blood and require immediate and professional medical attention. A small cut that does not match this description would not provide direct access for the virus to enter the bloodstream, and thus would not be a risk for HIV transmission.

Here is a copy of the AIDS Vancouver transmission equation to help further your understanding:

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

As you can see, all 3 factors (body fluid, activity, and direct access to the bloodstream) are required in order for there to be a risk of transmission.

I hope I was able to answer your question, and feel free to contact us with any further concerns.

Regards,

Sierra, Helpline Volunteer

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

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