Anonymous
I am HIV-positive person that recently sliced through my upper arm (not on purpose) and my mother was the one who applied pressure to my wound until paramedics showed up. There was tons of blood. Is she at any risk?
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline. I am happy to answer your question.

No, your mother is not at risk. This is because the HIV virus dies when it is exposed to air, so any blood that your mother touched would not have been a risk to her. In addition, she would have no way for the blood to have entered her own bloodstream.

I remember learning in my training that anyone could roll around in a pool of HIV-positive blood and still not be at risk, since it has been exposed to the air- so do not worry about your Mom!

I hope I have reassured you and provided you with some relief. If you happen to need any support due to your positive status, feel free to contact us again and we can get you in touch with lots of beneficial resources!

In health,

Caroline

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online Volunteer

Monday-Friday 10am-4pm PST

604-253-0566 ext 299

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