Anonymous
My friend cut his finger and asked me to put a band-aid on his cut. when I was putting band-aid on the cut I touched blood stain on the band-aid. I had no cuts or cracks on my fingers. Am I at the risk?

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Anonymous
Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for you HIV/AIDS related health information.

It sounds like you are concerned about your risk of HIV transmission after you touched some blood on a band-aid.

The situation that you have described is a No Risk situation. Here are some of the reasons why:

* HIV is a Human-to-Human virus. It cannot be transmitted to you by an object, like a band-aid.

* HIV needs a human host to survive. Once HIV is outside of the body and exposed to oxygen it can no longer transmit. The blood that you touched was outside of the body, exposed to oxygen and could not transmit HIV to you.

* HIV needs direct access to your bloodstream in order to transmit. There was no direct access to your bloodstream.


I would encourage you to check out the following resources about HIV:

  • Risk Assessment Chart


  • HIV Basics


  • Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

    Hilary


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