Anonymous
Say you touched blood or fluid that hiv lives in, how long would it survive on your intact hand/skin?
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Anonymous
Hello and thanks for reaching out to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline with your question.

It seems you are concerned about the risks of contracting HIV by touching someone's blood. We are glad to provide some information.

HIV virus is not transmittable once it has been exposed to air. There are certain conditions that must be present for HIV to be transmitted. The following transmission equation will make it clear.

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
The HIV virus becomes weak once it is exposed to oxygen so if the blood has already been exposed to air it is not transmittable.

You can read more about this from [thebody.com](http://www.thebody.com/h/hiv-survival-in-blood-once-exposed-to-air.html) or [catie](http://catie.ca/en/search/apachesolr_search/HIV%20exposed%20to%20air?page=1). If you have any further questions feel free to contact us again.




Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

Lawrence

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