Anonymous
Hello,

I was in a HIV clinic to support a friend and remember opening/closing the door other patients have been using before.

Since I tend to bite on my nails (and the skin around the nails) I kinda had some of my fingers in my mouth that 'may' have been contaminated.

Should I worry?
I should add that I have a tendency to be paranoid so I basically need 100% reassurence that everything is alright.

Thanks in advance
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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 you are concerned about your risk of HIV transmission after touching a doorknob and then biting your fingernails.

The situation that you have described is a No Risk situation. Here are some of the reasons why:

* HIV is a Human-to-Human virus. It cannot be transmitted to you by an object, like a doorknob.

* HIV needs a human host to survive. Once HIV is outside of the body and exposed to oxygen (on a doorknob) it can no longer transmit.

* Saliva has an enzyme that inhibits the transmission of HIV. This means that when you put your fingers in your mouth to bite your nails, any fluids containing HIV came into contact with the enzyme in your saliva.

* HIV needs direct access to your bloodstream in order to transmit. There was no direct access to your bloodstream.


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

  • HIV Basics


  • Risk Assessment Chart


  • Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

    Hilary


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