Anonymous
While my Thai Massage a sharp object like a needle (I don't know what is it) from something she was wairing hit me twice in my thighs, am I in risk of HIV
I read the virus survives a week in dried blood
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Anonymous
Hi there! Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline with your HIV related questions and concerns. We are happy to help.

I understand you're concerned about a possible exposure incident, hopefully this information will be able to clear that up for you.

The situation you described would be a No Risk situation. There are a few reasons to this. First of all, in order for infection to occur, the virus must have direct access to your blood stream. This means that a wound large enough to require medical attention must be present (for example a large cut needing stitches). A prick with a needle like object would not have direct access to the blood stream.

Second of all, the item that poked you likely didn't contain any bodily fluids. An exchange of bodily fluids is one of the requirements for HIV transmission.

Finally, the statement you said about virus surviving up to a week in dried blood is false, or at least out of context. HIV Virus, once exposed to air, can no longer be passed on do to damage. This means that as soon as blood, or other bodily fluids, are exposed to air, there is automatically no risk. There must be a direct contact exchange of bodily fluids for transmission to occur.

I have attached the Transmission equation here below, which makes it clear as to how HIV transmission requires all 3 parts:

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, check out our website, Aidsvancouver.org, for more general information.

Sincerely,

Christina

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