Anonymous
i had a cut in my nose that was bleeding and i inserted my finger inside,when i removed it i saw some bloody snot in my finger,what if that bloody snot was of somebody else and it came in contact with wound inside nose
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Anonymous
Hello and thanks for reaching out to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

It sounds like you are concerned about the likelihood of acquiring HIV from the described scenario.

When it comes to HIV it is important to remember that the HIV virus requires a human host to both thrive and survive. Furthermore, for there to be a risk of transmitting HIV there needs to be a body fluid, an activity such as unprotected anal/vaginal intercourse and a direct access for the virus to enter the bloodstream. For a cut to put one at risk, it would be so deep that the individual with the cut would need to seek medical attention immediately. Continuing on, the HIV virus is very fragile, meaning that once exposed to air it immediately becomes damaged to the point where it is no longer transmissible. Thus, if bloody snot from someone else was to come in contact with the wound inside your nose you would be at No Risk of acquiring HIV.

Below I have attached a copy of an HIV Transmission Equation Chart which goes into further detail on the necessary factors that are required for there to be a risk of HIV transmission.

HIV TRANSMISSION EQUATION


BODY FLUID
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ACTIVITY
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DIRECT ACCESS TO BLOODSTREAM
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• blood (including menstrual) • unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse • vagina
• semen • sharing needles • anus
• pre-cum • mother to child (in specific cases) • urethra in the penis
• rectal secretions • open cuts and sores (in theory)
• vaginal fluids • other mucosal membranes
• breast milk • points of needle injection
For more information on HIV you can visit [HIV Basics ](http://www.catie.ca/en/basics/hiv-and-aids#what).

Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

Chris, Volunteer


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