Anonymous
Hi,

I used writing paper and a pen on a desktop at a friend's place and wrote something down for my exam. After 30 mintes I realized that there was a sticky, white fluid next to the laptop and I may have touched it either with the pen, the paper or my hands. Since I have very flaky and pimply skin, I may have scratched my face (which I do very often) and may have rubbed in the fluid. I also had a scrape on my kneecap and may have scratched at it. Am I at risk of contracting HIV if the fluid was sperm? The spot must have been there before I sat down, so at least 30mins - 1 hour.
Please help
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Anonymous
Hello, and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline. I will be more than glad to address your concerns.

The HIV virus dies almost immediately upon exposure to air, so there is no risk to come in contact with fluids outside of the body. Further, HIV is not transmitted through superficial cuts or scratches since they don't provide a direct access to the bloodstream. There is no risk in this situation.

Sincerely,

Ali

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