Anonymous
Is there HIV in dry skin cells? E.g. If i putted tissue on my scratch, but before I used to clean INTACT skin of patient with alcohol, is there risk for me? Thank you for your answer!
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline. I am happy to answer your question!

To put it simply, no there is no risk of HIV transmission in this scenario. This is because, for HIV to be transmitted, there needs to be a bodily fluid present that is carrying the virus. Skin cannot carry the virus. Also, the virus dies when it is exposed to air, so any external body part (like skin) is not a cause for concern. Lastly, there is no way for the virus (if it were present, let's say) to enter the bloodstream. Superficial cuts like yours do not provide access- the cuts we typically see giving access are deep wounds that are bleeding excessively.

I hope I have answered your question. If you have any more, please feel free to post again or visit our website at http://www.aidsvancouver.org.

Sincerely,

Caroline

Helpline Volunteer

AIDS Vancouver Helpline

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