hello. i had this situation. doing accounting for three hours with my new colleague (i would doubt his personal life or std status), and in the second half of our meeting i suddenly spotted he is bleeding from one finger. It was not like semi-healed or so, it was just fresh (he has some scabs on his hands which he kept scratching all the time, so this is maybe how it happened. I have googled everything about such situation. The thing is, we have worked with same papers, cases, staplers, writing with the same pen, touching same things... the blood could be anywhere on these things (i tried to control then if there is blood on some of them, but it is not possible to control it and i just cant ask about his status or so...)). of course, it was not wound for stitches, but it produced fresh blood... I didnt have any fresh cuts or so on my hands (for this i can stay calm), but i do touch my nose (picking..) and scrub my eyes quite often, sometimes i even bite my nails (so the blood on my hand could come in contact with mucuous m. in my eyes, mouth, nose)... i would not event bother about this, but, he also made me a cup of coffee. and the blood could be on cup and spoon and in coffee. i know that hiv would not survive in coffee, but if the blood was on the spoon (i licked it quite profoundly...) i have bleeding gums (not sure how serious, but it just some normal bleeding gums, nothing very serious) and one of my "eights" is inflammated and broken in two pieces (waiting for surgery)... i assume i licked the spoon in the coffee only some seconds after he touched it... and then drank the coffee... do you think i could be at risk? do you think any of these contacts puts me at risk? i am stressed and... a bit feared to have sex with my husband etc.. thank you a lot for your help!!
Hello and thanks for reaching out to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline with your questions.

It seems you are concerned about contracting HIV from touching your friend's blood. We are glad to provide some information.

1. With regards to touching the blood, HIV virus does not survive outside the body. When the virus is exposed to air it is no longer transmittable. It has to be passed from one person to the other in an air tight environment. Touching you friend's blood is considered a negligible risk activity because there has never been any documented case about HIV transmission this way. HIV does not go through intact skin. For a wound to be considered a risk, the wound must be so deep that it requires stitches.

2. With regards to drinking the coffee and licking the spoon, saliva has an enzyme which attack the HIV virus. If the cup or spoon had blood with HIV on it the enzymes in your mouth would kill that virus. There is no risk of transmission by drinking from a cup handled by a person infected with HIV.

There is no risk of HIV infection from the activities that you described. The following transmission equation will show you the activities that are normally associated with HIV infection.


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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
You can get related information from our AIDS Vancouver forum which is updated daily. You can also get information from the following sources, [CATIE](, [CDC](, If you have additional questions feel free to contact us again.

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