Anonymous
Hi, I would like to know if there is a risk when I have open cuts that were non-intact on my hand and it gets into contact with some other people's blood? Because we were in a small fight and both of us were bleeding. I became worried about possible HIV transmission. Is there a risk? Please help me, very worried here.
Quote
Anonymous
Hello and thank-you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

You cannot acquire HIV from the situation that you have described. The transmission of HIV requires an exchange of bodily fluids that allows direct access for the virus to enter the bloodstream. This can happen when engaging in the following high risk activities: unprotected vaginal/anal sex or injecting with shared needles.
It is theoretically possible to acquire HIV from open cuts and sores; however, there has never ever been a reported case of HIV infection in this way. Furthermore, HIV dies immediately when exposed to air.

There is no need for you to be tested following the situation that you have described.

I hope that I have addressed your concerns. Please feel free to contact us again should you have any further questions.

All the best,
Natalie
Quote

ABOUT THE HELPLINE | SUPPORT OUR WORK | RISK ASSESSMENT CHART | ANONYMOUS TESTING | DISCLAIMER | CONTACT

Charitable Registration #
10668 9896 RR0001


© 2019 helpline.aidsvancouver.org
Privacy Policy
Disclaimer

OUR ADDRESS

1101 Seymour Street
Suite 235, 2nd Floor
Vancouver, BC V6B 0R1
Canada


GET IN TOUCH

Main Phone: 604-893-2201
Fax: 604-893-2205
Email: contact@aidsvancouver.org