qwerty
Hello,
Please help me assess my situation.

My friend has some tiny pink rashes due to skin irritation on his both forearms from using strong detergent. It was not bleeding. I  do not know his status. It happened when I was washing my bike then he handed me the hose with water on. Would transmission be possible if his forearms to hands were wet, drip to the hose with the water accidentally splash my eyes?

Thank you.
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helpline-volunteer
Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the possibility of HIV transmission from your friend of unknown HIV status who has rashes on his forearms (not bleeding) to your eyes through the water from the hose. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No Risk (transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario).

The scenario mentioned above does not meet the three components of the transmission equation (see below). HIV transmission requires the transfer of a HIV positive fluid (such as blood, semen, etc.), coupled with a High, Low, or Negligible Risk activity that provides the HIV virus with direct access to the bloodstream (such as the mucous membranes).

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In your situation, the reason why there is no risk of HIV transmission is because there is no transfer of HIV positive bodily fluids, such as blood. Even though your friend has rashes on his forearms from the detergent, given that he is not bleeding, the water from the hose that traveled from his forearms/hands and accidentally splashed into your eyes would not contain any HIV viral particles, despite the fact that the eyes do have a mucous membrane. 

Recommendation: No need for HIV test with the scenario provided. Refer to a healthcare professional for other health-related questions.


Regards,
AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Ryan


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