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I was picking up laundry for cleaning and picked up a pair of dirty underwear that belonged to the girl i am living with. On picking it up, it felt wet. I know the girl changed out of the underwear about 5 or less mins prior becasue she had a quick shower. When i touched the wet spot, it made contact with a cut on my finger that i had gotten an hour before (so it was not scabbed over and was still sore and slightly open). Im assuming the wet spot was vaginal fluids. If the girl is HIV+, and the fluids touched my cut after being outside the body for about 5 mins, would transmission be possible?
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Anonymous
 
Hi there and thank you for your question,
 
In such a case where bodily fluids come in contact with open skin lesions, it can be regarded as theoretically possible for transmission to occur, however, the skin lesion must be considerably severe for the fluid to enter the bloodstream. But then again, even under those circumstance the risk would be extremely low. Moreover, the HIV virus can only live outside the body for no longer than a few minutes. In order for HIV transmission to occur, exchange of a bodily fluid involves an activity such as sexual intercourse or needle sharing in addition to having direct access for the HIV virus to enter the bloodstream.
 
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