Anonymous
I am a nurse who was taking care of a HIV+ patient. The patient had very dry flaky skin all over the bed. When I changed her sheets something got in my eye. Can HIV be transmitted this way?
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Anonymous
Hello, and thank you for contacting Aids Vancouver Helpline. I'll be glad to answer your question for you.

The short answer to your question is no; HIV is not transmitted by flakes of skin.
The HIV virus is only present in specific bodily fluids (blood, semen, vaginal and anal secretions, and breast milk) which must directly access your blood stream (through vagina, anus, urethra of penis, open cuts and sores, or by needle injections) by "high risk" activities (unprotected sex or sharing needles). The situation you described contains no bodily fluids of the patient and no access to your blood stream, and therefore there is no risk for HIV transmission.

I hope I answered your question. If you like more information feel free to contact us again, or visit us at AidsVancouver.org.

In health,

Ali,

Helpline Volunteer

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

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