|Blood on bus
May 28, 2012
There was a woman sitting next to me that I noticed kept wiping her face with a moist towelette because her face was bleeding. She was only bleeding a little bit and when the blood stopped she wiped her hands with the rest of the towelette. She then got off the bus and touched multiple poles. I then got off the bus immediately after her and touched the same poles that may have had her fresh blood on it still. My hands have a few tiny cuts on them. Before I got a chance to wash my hands, I scratched myself and started to bleed a little bit. Is there a risk for HIV?
| Response from Ms. Southall
Hi, Yes theoretically this is a way for HIV transmission to occur......but the likelihood is that it did not happen. Because there has to be a large volume of blood present. Also HIV dies once it is outside of the body and with her using a cloth to clean the area that was bleeding decreases the amount of time for the virus to stay alive once it leaves the body. So the short answer is you are fine!
Be well and stay safe, Shannon
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