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Is the eye one of hiv transmission route
Someone who is known to be hiv pos and is taking ARVs his blood mixed with tape water splashed in my eye. Can be infected?
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Although the risk of HIV transmission through accidental exposure is low, it is still a risk at 0.5% for needlestick injury with percutaneous hollow-bore needles and 0.1% for mucous membrane exposure. HIV contamination has also been reported by healthcare workers from bodily fluid splash to the eye.HIV is a very weak virus that cannot survive without a human host. It is immediately broken down the moment it leaves the body and is exposed to air. Thus, in this particular scenario one would be at No Risk of acquiring HIV through the eyes of mouth through drops of blood because the virus would have already been broken down and would be unable to cause infection. For HIV infection to occur one needs to engage in an activity that provides a direct access for the virus to enter the bloodstream. These activities consist of activities such as unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse and even sharing needles.
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if you still had a doubt in mind contact to nearest ICTC centre they will provide you the prophylactic post exposure prophylaxis medication which further reduces the chance of accquring the infection to .001%
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was your eye throughly with cold water , dont rub it.
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