Anonymous
Good morning. I stepped on a broken toenail, and I was wondering if there was an HIV risk. I have cracked heels and feet, and sometimes they bleed because of the cracks and dryness. Suppose if the toenail penetrates your skin? Thank you.
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Anonymous
Hi there and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Online Helpline.

There is no risk of HIV from stepping on a broken toenail. HIV in bodily fluids (such as blood) becomes non-transmissible when it is exposed to the air. Any blood or other bodily fluid that may have been on the toenail would have first been exposed to the air and would not contain transmissible HIV. Cracks or cuts on your feet would not make a difference.

For more information about HIV you can visit CATIE.ca or the AIDS Vancouver website.

I hope this information helps to answer your questions.

Isla (Volunteer)

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

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