Anonymous
I was walking on a busy street and someone poked me with their umbrella on my head and it was painful. What if the wire that poked me on that umbrella had hiv poz fluids
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Anonymous
Hi There,
Thank you for using AIDS Vancouver Helpline as a source for HIV/AIDS related information.

The simple answer to your question is no, you are not at risk of contracting HIV from being poked on the head by an umbrella. Let us tell you why.

Firstly HIV is a human to human disease and therefore it is not transmitted through objects like umbrellas. In order for HIV to be transmitted there must be HIV positive fluids (blood, semen, pre-cum, rectal secretions, vaginal fluids or breast milk) and high risk activity (unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse or sharing needles) that provides direct access to the blood stream (through the vagina, anus or urethra in the penis) of an HIV negative individual. Additionally, because HIV dies upon exposure to air (oxygen) there would be no possibility of an HIV risk.

We trust we have answered your question, however if you have any additional questions or concerns please feel free to contact us again or visit our website at http://www.aidsvancouver.org

Sincerely,

Christina and Marta

AIDS Vancouver Volunteers
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