Anonymous
I attended an adult arcade that had trash cans inside. I reached down to move one and came in contact wit what I Assume was seamen. When in reaction I shook my hand I saw a small non bleeding paper cut. I am not sure if the fluid came in contact. I later learned clients at time ejaculated into the cans. What is my chance of getting HIV.
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for your inquiry.

We understand that you would like to know if you are at risk of acquiring HIV when your finger touched an unknown substance assumed to be semen, and you had a small paper cut on your finger. This situation does not present a risk for HIV transmission (No Risk).

In order for an HIV transmission to occur, *all three* of the following conditions must be met:

1- There must be HIV present in a bodily fluid.(1) In your situation, assuming the substance was semen, the HIV status of the source individual is unknown.

2- The bodily fluid containing HIV must have direct access to the bloodstream.(1) A small, closed paper cut would not provide adequate access to your blood stream for HIV infection to occur. Also, the substance would have been exposed to air for a period of time before your touched it. HIV does not survive long outside the human body (such as on surfaces), and it cannot reproduce outside a human host. (2)

3- Transmission occurs through a risky activity in which the first two conditions are met.(1) Examples of said risky activities include activities like unprotected anal or vaginal sex, and sharing of hypodermic needles for injection drug use.

Your question is remarkably similar to this question posted in the past, http://helpline.aidsvancouver.org/question/trash-can-liner-and-non-bleeding-paper-cut, and you can refer to this post for an alternative analysis of the situation.

Recommendation: No need for HIV testing with the scenario provided, refer to a physician for other health related questions.

Regards,
AIDS Vancouver Helpline volunteer, Dyson
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