Anonymous
Hallo,
yesterday i went by car when it broke down.
I checked the motor, got my luggage out of the boot and when i sat back at the wheel, i found two red/brown drops on my fingernail.
Since the car is new, i didn‘d find any fluid at it. It looked like dark choclate but i had none.
As i stranded in the middle of nowhere, i have no explanation where the drops came from, exept from the street i might have touched while looking under the car.
I wiped away the drops and used 3 desinfection (etanol) tissues for the thump. Hopefully  long enough. I saw nothing on it afterwards.
After that i drove 4 hours and went to a toilet.
Since there was no soap i only rinsed a little bit of water, dried my hands at my jeans an touched my penis.
Could i have catched HIV by this?
At my hotel i washed my hands, went to the shower and cleaned myself with shower gel.
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helpline-volunteer

Hello,


Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about obtaining HIV through touching your penis with dried blood on your hand. 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. Dried blood would not contain any active HIV because exposure of the virus to oxygen quickly deactivates it. The CDC has shown that "HIV does not survive long outside the body (such on surfaces), and it cannot reproduce outside of the human host" (1). When HIV is exposed to oxygen it undergoes a rapid decrease in concentration (90-99% within a couple of hours), so the risk of environmental transmission of HIV is essentially zero (2).

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

Regards,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Rashell

 

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References:
1.) Basics of HIV Transmission
2.) HIV Survival in the Environment

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