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As I was walking down a popular street this Friday night, I walked by an alley and as I was walking by a guy spit towards me (and the street) unintentionally (I hope). I heard the loud noise he made in order to spit and I turned around and he said he was sorry and that "it was so close". It was raining at the time and I do not know if the spit, just missed me, landed on my clothing or on the side of my head (eye). I might be overthinking this but is there a risk from this spit event. Online I found that if traces of blood are present it is a risk? I mean it is a Friday night in London and the people were all drunk. Would this be clearly noticeable ?Do I need to test?
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Anonymous
Hi there, thanks for contacting the AIDS Vancouver helpline with your HIV related questions/concerns. We're happy to help!

I understand that this must've been a concerning situation, but hopefully my answer will help to ease your worries.

This is a No Risk situation for a few different reasons. First of all, saliva doesn't transmit HIV. Secondly, even if there was blood present, it would still be no risk because HIV is a delicate virus that cannot survive outside of the human body. What this means is that once the bodily fluids leave the body, the virus becomes damaged and inactivated, and can no longer be transmitted. Finally, there would be no direct access to the blood stream unless it was through sexual contact or through a wound such as one large enough to need medical attention such as stitches.

Therefore, there is no risk of transmission for this situation.

I hope this helped! Check out this transmission equation:

HIV TRANSMISSION EQUATION


BODY FLUID
+
ACTIVITY
+
DIRECT ACCESS TO BLOODSTREAM
---------- -------- ----------------------------
• 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
Additionally, avert.org has great information about HIV transmission that you may want to check out.

Sincerely,

Christina

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