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HIV transmission trough blood to eye contact
Feb 23, 2014

Is it possible to become infected in the following situation: A person with a bleeding nose wipes his nose with his sleeves as well as with his hands, after which he wipes his hands with his clothes, after which he touches another person's eyes with his hands (unwashed but no remarkable blood stains). There is also saliva and tears of the person with the nosebleed present.

Response from Ms. Southall

Hi No, you cannot get HIV this way. HIV transmission can only occur when there is a direct and prolonged exposure to body fluids, semen, vaginal fluid, blood or mother to child through breast feeding. This most commonly occurs through unprotected vaginal or anal sex and sharing of needles. Casual contact, sharing utensils, drinking after someone, etc are not way for HIV transmission to occur. If you go to this link HIV101 it will take you to our page that talks about the ways in which HIV is and is not transmitted. HIV is not present and able to be transmitted through saliva or tears.

Be well and stay safe, Shannon



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