Anonymous
I tested negative on June the 27th (which I am very happy about) I had at least 6 occasions in the past year where I thought I might have put myself at risk with situations anybody would say are no risk and they d probably not think about.

Tonight I went to a sketchy bar and used the urinal,it was very dirty (in a way that I refused to wash my hands there) I put some sanitiser on my hands and quickly scrubbed them (not very thoroughly). Just a few minutes later (like 2-5 mins) I popped a pimple on the back of my head and fluid came out of it(pus or blood , I don t know), is that a risk some how since my hands were not "properly" washed but only quickly sanitised. As I used the urinal in the bathroom some splashes back onto the hands and if semen, blood etc was in the urinal?

It comes to no surprise to me that not even 48 hours after getting my negative result I feel like I put myself at risk again. Real concern or OCD?

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Anonymous
Hi there and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Online Helpline.

There is no risk of acquiring HIV from popping a pimple with dirty hands, even if your hands may have got blood or semen on them. HIV in bodily fluids becomes non-transmissible when it is exposed to air. Any bodily fluids you may have gotten onto your hands from the urinal such as semen or blood would have been exposed to the air and would not contain transmissible HIV. There is no risk of acquiring HIV from the situation you described and no need for further testing based on this situation.



For more information about HIV you can always visit the AIDS Vancouver website or CATIE.ca.

I hope this information helps to answer your questions.

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