Anonymous
hello guys, terrific job here. !
I was entering the subway, and the guy next to me, hit my hand with his backpack.
I felt something liquid, and I saw a trasparent fluid (water or ...?) on my palm's upper side.
I am an ocd with hiv, yes, so I immediately wiped my palm with a napkin - it was clear -
and then I wiped it with alcohol.
Is there any risk of hiv infection, considering that my hand had no cuts, wounds etc ?
(what if it did, actually ? we often have minor cuts in hands.)

thanks a lot for your annswer, and the fabulous job you are doing here.

George

g_nikolopoulos@yahoo.com
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline

We understand that you would like an assessment of your risk level for acquiring HIV when the palm of your hand contacted an unknown white fluid.

This scenario does not carry a risk for transmission of HIV.

Let's assume that this unknown fluid was the semen of a person with HIV. In order for transmission to occur, the bodily fluid containing HIV must have direct access to the bloodstream. This can be through cuts, tears, rips, mucous membranes, open sores, or needles. (1) Minor cuts on the hands that are not openly bleeding would not provide the necessary degree of direct access required.

Furthermore, HIV does not survive long outside the human body (such as on surfaces), and it cannot reproduce outside a human host (2). A case of transmission from a surface has never been reported.

No further action is recommended.

Regards,
AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Dyson

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