Anonymous
Hi I work in a clinical laboratory and was transferring HIV positive serum samples and I accidentally spilled some on my gloves. I didn't change them but I then felt a small droplet splash on my face. I did wash my face after but I am not sure if it was long enough. I didnt report it but I am now worried. Will I be infected?
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Anonymous
Hi there,

Thank you for choosing the AIDS Vancouver Helpline as your source of information.

HIV transmission requires all of the following:

1. Body fluids containing high levels of HIV, e.g. blood, semen, and vaginal/rectal secretions,

2. A high-risk activity, e.g. unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse or the sharing of needles, and

3. Direct access of HIV-containing fluids into the bloodstream, e.g. through the vagina, anus, mucus membranes, or points of needle injection.

4. A controlled environment, which means no exposure to the air. Activities like unprotected sex or the sharing of needles are high risk activities since they don't involve any exposure to the air, while activities like mutual masturbation or frottage are negligible to no-risk activities since they involve full exposure to the air.

Based on what you have described, you're at NO RISK for HIV transmission.

In health,

Moe- AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer

AIDS Vancouver Helpline Online
Monday- Friday 10am-4pm (PST)
Phone: (604) 253-0247 ext 210
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