Anonymous
Can u please answer my question about my fear of when I was gardening and raking leaves and picking them up but got branches scratching me and after I was done on each of my gloves was red had a splotches of it and I'm worried of what it could be such as blood from a dirty needle this is something I worry about every year while gardening and have no reason to believe that someone through a dirty needle in my yard and I live in a nice area. It's just that when I saw red on my glove and I was gardening and digging leaves out of bushes with no long sleeved a hit the branches scraped me. Would I know if it was a needle scraping me vs branches and while putting both hands together to scoop up the leaves I'm worried that the red stuff on my gloves could have come in contact with my slightly bleeding scratches I just got that day hopefully from branches and not some discarded needle. Do I need to worry I have hiv now I'm miserable and regret cleaning up my yard. Please help put some sense to why I do not to be worried if that is the case. I'm sick of feeling the need to retest for hiv all the time through instances like this. I have a strong irrational fear of hiv and phobia does my story sound like a way of transmission or is my anxiety getting the best of me?
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Anonymous
Hi there,

Thank you for contacting our Helpline for HIV related information.

No, raking leaves such as you described is no risk at all of HIV transmission

Thank you,

Sandra,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
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