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Can you get hiv from sharing sunglasses with some one
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Anonymous
Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about acquiring HIV from sharing sunglasses. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No Risk (transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario).

The scenario mentioned above does not meet the three components of the transmission equation. The three components of the transmission equation include: exchange of HIV positive bodily fluids coming into contact with HIV negative bodily fluids by direct access to the bloodstream through a high risk activity (1).

Bodily fluids that contain HIV include: blood, semen (including pre-ejaculate), vaginal fluids, breast milk, and rectal secretions (1). Direct access to the bloodstream can occur through cuts, tears, rips, mucous membranes, open sores, or needles (1). A high risk activity includes: condom less sex, sharing needles, unsafe tattoos or piercings, vertical transmission–from mother to child (in utero, during delivery, breastfeeding) (1).

In this scenario sharing sunglasses is considered causal contact and provides No Risk of acquiring HIV. HIV is not spread through saliva, tears, or sweat (2). HIV is only spread through the bodily fluids previously mentioned, therefore causal sharing of sunglasses would not transfer any of these bodily fluids to the other individual. There was no mention of direct access to the bloodstream ie: cuts or open sores that could lead to transmission. The scenario mentioned above does not include a high risk activity to satisfy the transmission equation.

HIV is not spread through casual contact or in this case sharing sunglasses as none of the components that would result in transmission are present. Further, HIV is not spread through sweat which may occur by sharing sunglasses.

Recommendation: No need for HIV test with the scenario provided, refer to a physician for other health related questions.

Regards,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Danielle
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