Anonymous
Is it possible to become HIV positive after handling medical equipment used to care for someone with end-stage AIDS for the purpose of cleaning without using gloves (no open wounds on hands). Equipment may have been exposed to blood within minutes prior to handling.
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Anonymous
Hello,

Thanks for contacting AIDS Vancouver.

My understanding is that you are concerned about acquiring HIV through the handling of medical equipment.

There is no risk of acquiring HIV this way as HIV dies very quickly when exposed to the air. HIV needs many things for transmission to take place.

HIV TRANSMISSION EQUATION


BODY FLUID
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ACTIVITY
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DIRECT ACCESS TO BLOODSTREAM
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• blood (including menstrual) • unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse • vagina
• semen • sharing needles • anus
• pre-cum • mother to child (in specific cases) • urethra in the penis
• rectal secretions • open cuts and sores (in theory)
• vaginal fluids • other mucosal membranes
• breast milk • points of needle injection  
If none of these factors were of concern then there is no risk to acquiring HIV.

If you handling medical equipment you might like to speak to your supervisor to find out about the protocols in your facility.

Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

Renee

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