Anonymous
Hi, please help me I am going to crazy.


I was in my friend's house four weeks ago. We were 5 guys and one of us was HIV + (I didn't know he was) He cut himself with a knife and it bled. He went to bathroom to wash his hands immediately. After 5 minutes I walked in to kitchen again and saw some blood drops. While I was cleaning blood I touched it several times. Then I got a Juice from fridge and opened it with same finger I touched the blood. Can HIV transmit from my hands to bottle cap then get into my mouth? I had oral sores in my mouth and wound on my lips at that time.

Am I at risk?

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Anonymous
Hello and thanks for reaching out to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline with your question.

It seems you are concerned about contracting HIV from cleaning blood. We are glad to provide some information.

HIV does not transmit by casual contact. This includes handling items touched by a person with HIV or cleaning blood like you did. For HIV to transmit it has to have direct access to your blood stream as shown in the transmission equation below. The reason is that when HIV has been exposed to air it does not transmit. In the activity you described the blood was exposed to air and if it had any HIV virus in it the virus would not be transmittable. You need the three conditions shown in the equation to be present for transmission to occur.

HIV TRANSMISSION EQUATION


BODY FLUID
+
ACTIVITY
+
DIRECT ACCESS TO BLOODSTREAM
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• 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
We do not use symptoms to determine the HIV status of a individual. The only way you can determine your HIV status is by getting tested. At AIDS Vancouver we encourage people to use HIV testing as a regular health maintenance routine. Testing is free at most testing centers depending on your location. You can read more about testing from postings on our forum which we update every day.

Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.


Lawrence

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