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A 29-year-old male asked:

Blood mixed with water if got onto the eyes can transmit hiv?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Seems very unlikely: If there is no sore on the eye or eyelid, i doubt blood diluted in water would have any concentration high enough for this to be a great risk. Keep in mind you probably can never say zero risk, but this one should be very very very unlikely.
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Dr. Dareen Siri FAAAAI FACAAI FISAAI
Allergy and Immunology 22 years experience
There would have to be alot of blood and a high viral load for there to be any chance. So I agree that there is almost no chance in this case.
Jan 5, 2014
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Possibly: If the blood was contaminated with HIV then it can mix with the tears of the eye, and pass into the nose and into the GI tract. If there is a break in the surface anywhere in this passage, the virus could enter the body and cause infection. This would be a rare event but is theoretically possible.
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Dr. Kristin Nesburn
Addiction Medicine 27 years experience
Very Unlikely: Theoretically, this can transmit HIV but the chance is extremey low. I would immediated irrigate the eye. And get tested just to be sure.
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Last updated Jun 10, 2014

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