Anonymous
I had a new cut on my leg that was bleeding , someone touched it of which I believe had no open cuts. Could they be at risk for hiv still? Does the virus die as soon as it hits the air?
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Anonymous
Hello, and thank you for contacting Aids Vancouver Helpline. I will be glad to answer your question for you.

You are right, the HIV virus dies very quickly upon exposure to air, so it is generally not transmitted by blood that is outside of the body. Also, you mentioned the person had no open cuts. The HIV virus would need a direct access to one's blood stream in order to be transmitted, and the skin is a barrier for this access. Therefore, I wouldn't worry about this situation since there is no route of transmission present.

I'd also like to mention that anyone who is HIV positive and takes their anti-retroviral medications properly can most likely bring down the amount of virus to "undetectable" levels. At this point, not only the person can live a normal life, it also would be very unlikely to transmit HIV to others. Now, I'm not sure if you are HIV positive and if that is why you are worried about transmitting HIV to the other person, but if so then I highly recommend speaking to a health care professional about the "undetectable" status, as well taking advantage of the medications, which are provided for free if you live here in British Columbia or many other places.

Feel free to contact us again, or visit us at AidsVancouver.org for more information.

In health,

Ali,

Helpline Volunteer


AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

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