Anonymous
Hi see Q/A below. Not sure if I included enough information in my original question but just want to ensure it is still NO RISK.........So, my original question was can I get HIV if I stepped on a nail/screw a few seconds after someone with HIV did. I should have stated that the screw went into my foot and cut me. So, can you confirm, if I stepped on a nail/screw with fresh HIV blood only a few seconds old, and it went into my foot (again in just a few seconds), and made me bleed, is it still NO RISK simply because the HIV would be dead on air immediately? Please be definitive.



hi, I know you can get tetanus from stepping on a nail/screw can you get HIV if you stepped on a nail/screw if someone with HIV did the same seconds earlier and left their blood on it?

Is their any chance at all?

Answer:
Hi,

Thank you for contacting AIDS Vancouver.

From the situation you have described, there is no risk for HIV transmission. HIV is a very weak virus that cannot survive without a live host and is broken down the moment it is exposed to air. With this said, there is no way for the virus to have gone from this persons blood, onto the nail and then go into your body.

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Anonymous
Hello There,

Thank you for posting on the AIDS Vancouver Helpline Forum.

I can second the previous volunteer's response to your original question.

HIV dies upon exposure to air. It also needs to have direct access into your bloodstream for transmission to occur. HIV would not have been active for any transmission to occur in the situation you have described.

Hope this helps!

Please let us know if we can provide any more information. Or if you would like to call and speak to someone at the Helpline, you can do so anonymously and confidentially by calling 604-696-4666, Monday-Friday between 10am-4pm.

All the Best,

Reeman

AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer

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