Anonymous
hi guys thanks for your work. i am really worried about the event that happened with me. i work in a restaurant. the dishwasher accidently cut his hand deep with knife and was bleeding heavily. due to pain he saked his hands and unfortunately, the blood flew from his hands towards me and got in my face, eye or mouth.
i did not wash my face immediately, since i want to make sure whether i got blood in my face, eye or mouth. so i have to wait for more than 1 hour till i got to my house and check on the mirror but could not notice any blood spot on my face.so i want to ask.

1) so if i got blood in my eye, face, or mouth that i could not see on mirror while checking, is there any hiv risk. do i need testing.

2) is it possible you got blood in face, eye but can not see in mirror if you check after an hour.

it has been two days, now i got throat soar, is that hiv infection symptioms.
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Anonymous
Hi,

Thanks for contacting AIDS Vancouver Helpline. I hope I can answer your questions as best I can.

I understand that there was an accident pertaining to an occupational hazard concerning a knife in a dishwasher. I also understand that there is a concern is that the blood contacted your face, eye and mouth. Occupational hazards are a low risk activity. You have a very low risk of getting HIV this way. There is a risk level present for the potential for HIV transmission because it may involve an exchange of body fluids . There have been a few reports attributed to these activities. Usually under certain identifiable conditions.

HIV dies very quickly when exposed to air. Saliva actually contains an enzyme that inhibits HIV. Most of the body's surfaces are dry skin and this does not allow HIV to enter the body. For a risk to exist, specific HIV and fluids (semen, vaginal, anal fluids) must come into direct contact with the blood stream of a person who has HIV.

HIV symptoms can mirror other known viruses so it is best to partner with your doctor and It is always good to get a HIV test.

I hope I have answered your questions.

Best Wishes,

Renee

AIDS Helpline Volunteer

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