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I was working a project with aluminum, having to cut certain areas of the aluminum which was creating Knicks. The person who was helping me cut themselves. I got them a bandaid, but we continued working the aluminum object. Not ready thinking that we were pass the object back and forth with blood on it. And Possibly cutting my hands with the same point that cut the other person. Is it possible to get hiv through having a cut created or touch by an existing one object with blood on it?
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Anonymous

Hi there, and thanks for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for your HIV/AIDS related health information.

It seems you're concerned about the possibility of HIV transmission.

A Superficial Cut can provide a Negligible Risk situation. This means that there is a potential for HIV transmission because it can involve the exchange of body fluids. However, there has never a confirmed report.

Why?

* HIV needs a human host to survive. Once HIV is outside of the body and exposed to oxygen it can no longer transmit. Any fluids on the aluminum are outside or the body and exposed to oxygen.

* HIV is a Human-to-Human virus. You cannot get HIV from simply touching an object (ie: aluminum)

* HIV needs direct access to the bloodstream. A superficial cut is simply not deep enough to provide access to the bloodstream. For a cut to potentially provide access to the blood stream, it would have to be actively bleeding and require stitches or surgery to repair it. This was not the situation in your case.

I would also encourage you to check out the following resources for more information about HIV:

  • Risk Assessment Chart


  • HIV Basics


  • Thank you again for contacting AIDS Vancouver Helpline Online

    Cheers,

    Hilary

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