Anonymous
ok, this is gonna sound so stupid.
i was walking barefoot and i felt a poke on my foot, i looked on my foot somethinfg was stuck there and than i saw a dead roach next to where i felt the poke, what if i got poked by smthing from the roach, thats not a way to get hiv is it?
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline. I understand you're worried the risk of acquiring HIV, and I will be happy to address that for you.

As a general rule, HIV is not transmitted to us from the environment. This is because the HIV virus is very fragile and dies very quickly once it is outside of the body and exposed to air. Also, HIV is a human disease, and it is not carried or transmitted by other animals or insects. Generally, almost all cases of HIV transmission happen due to sexual contact (mainly unprotected intercourse) or sharing syringes. Therefore, your situation involving stepping on a roach is no risk for acquiring HIV.

To give you a better idea, I will include the "transmission equation", which shows the bodily fluids that contain HIV, the routes of transmission, and the activities that can pose a risk for transmission. Using this chart you will be able to deduce if a situation creates a risk for acquiring HIV.

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



All the best,

Ali

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