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I'm an ultrasound technologist. a few months ago, at my day at work, I put a glove taken out of the box, and find that it's covered with clear trans-vaginal jelly inside, ( so it's a used glove with contaminated jelly, because we always take off the condom covered with the lubricating jelly rolled up inside the glove, and also the normal ultrasound jelly is actually blue, only the lubricate jelly is clear) and it was all over my hands. I don't think there was a visible open wound at that time. and I washed my hands like twice right afterwards. It did got me worry a little until now. What are the odds of infection if there was HIV virus in the jelly.
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Anonymous
Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for your HIV/AIDS related health information. It seems you're concerned about the possibility of HIV transmitting during an situation. We're happy to answer your question for you.

This is a no risk situation. To understand why, know that HIV is a very fragile virus that is rendered intransmissible on exposure to air. Any virus potentially in that fluid would not be able to be transmitted to you. Also consider the transmission equation:
HIV TRANSMISSION EQUATION


BODY FLUID
+
ACTIVITY
+
DIRECT ACCESS TO BLOODSTREAM
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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'll see that required for transfer are all of a fluid involved in transfer, an activity involved in transfer, and direct access to the bloodstream. This does not involve an activity involved in transfer, nor does it provide direct access to the bloodstream to any significant extent. For these reasons, this is a no risk situation.

Thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline with your question, we hope it has been answered fully.

Trevor

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

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