NguyenThanhSang
She and her friend went to eat, when I returned I drove it all the way and kept the toothpick in my mouth to floss. When I got home, when I walked down, he took the toothpick and accidentally stabbed my hand with blood, if he was hiv and there was blood on his toothpick, would I be in danger?
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helpline-volunteer
Hi there,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from your question, you are asking about HIV transmission from being accidentally pricked in the hand with a toothpick that might have had blood from someone who is HIV positive.

From the information given, this scenario is determined to be of No Risk (Transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario)

Transmission is considered to be of No Risk the following reasons:

HIV does not transmit through saliva as it does not survive long enough due to how saliva is composed (1). In addition, exposure to air rapidly decreases the concentration of HIV present on any blood present on the toothpick. Direct access to the bloodstream and a high risk activity are components of our HIV Transmission Equation that are not met and as a result, there is No Risk for transmission.

Please refer to our HIV Transmission Equation below for more information:

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

Resources:

HIV & Saliva

Thank you
AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Shawn

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