Anonymous
please, i was served a plate, with a big red stain on one side of size of fingerprint - dont know if it was blood - but it could be according to colour. I did not touch the plate for 5 minutes and then I asked waiter to pack the food while i handed him the plate and did touch the stain (maybe there were some other on the bottom of the plate i dont know). i was so stressed - i have blood phobia - i dont know if i didnt touch some "dangerous place" - i oftern rub my eyes and nose in stress situations and i have a lot of small cuts and pimples on my hands... i know it may sound weird, but i am really stressed. thank you for your help!!
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Anonymous
Hi there! Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline with your HIV related questions/concerns. We are happy to help!

I understand you're worried about this incident and whether it poses a risk for HIV transmission. Let me see if I can help ease your mind.

The situation you described is No Risk. There are a couple different reasons for that.
First, even if that was blood on the plate, it would have been exposed to air since it's out of the body. Once HIV is exposed to air, it becomes damaged and can no longer be transmitted, eliminating the risk.

Secondly, to acquire HIV, the virus has to have direct access to the blood stream. Even if you have small cuts/etc, it would have to be a wound large enough to need medical attention, such as stitches, to provide the necessary access to the blood stream.

Taking these factors together, there is No risk associated!!

I am attaching the HIV transmission equation to help you visualize exactly what components are necessary for a risk of transmission:

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
Hopefully this helped!

Sincerely,
Christina

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