Anonymous
For the past several months, I've been using used furniture (cabinet, chairs, trays) from thrift stores or that other neighbors have given away / put out to toss. If any of these items had dried blood on them, is there any risk of contracting HIV? Is it necessary to be screened or tested?
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helpline-volunteer

Hi there,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the possibility of HIV transmission from used furniture. You are specifically wondering if there is a risk of transmission in the event that this used furniture has dried blood on it.

From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No Risk (hiv transmission is not possible in the given scenario). This scenario does not prove any risk to you because dry or drying HIV positive fluid undergoes a rapid reduction in HIV concentration, making it extremely difficult to transmit the virus.

You may find it beneficial to hear that HIV is also not transmitted in the following ways:

  • Sharing dishes
  • Sharing utensils
  • Sharing beverages
  • Shaking hands
  • Sharing a toilet
  • Hugging
  • Social kissing

Please refer to our HIV Transmission Equation for more information.

Recommendation: No need for HIV screening for the scenario provided. Please refer to a health care provider for additional health related questions.

All the best,

AIDS Vancouver Online/Helpline, Cody

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