Anonymous
Hi
I touched a girl's open sore yesterday, i had dry skin on my hand, touched the sore. If i had a dry skin, might there be a chance to get HIV by this way?
Thank you for your answer.
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Anonymous
Hi there and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Online Helpline.

There is no risk of acquiring HIV from touching an open sore or blood, even if you have dry skin or small cuts. This is because small cuts and sores do not provide enough access to the bloodstream for HIV to be transmitted. In addition to this, when HIV in bodily fluids (such as blood) is exposed to the air it becomes non-transmissible. Any blood you may have touched would likely have been exposed to the air and would not contain transmissible HIV.

For more information about HIV you can always visit the AIDS Vancouver website or CATIE.ca.

I hope this information helps to answer your questions.

Isla (Volunteer)

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