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Can I catch HIV through dried blood on a card from Niger in

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Can I catch HIV through dried blood on a card from Niger in Africa. I sponsor a little boy in Niger and pay for his schooling. World Vision who I do it through sent me a card with a drawing on it and I alway kiss the card when it comes, as I love children. After I kissed it I noticed what looked like dried blood on it, and I had a fresh cut on my face just below my lips on my chin, can I catch HIV from this? I am so worried and I am just recovering from Breast Cancer so I am very tearful at the moment. I know there is HIV in Africa. Please can you reassure me.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. P. Jyoti replied 3 years ago.

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Expert:  Dr. P. Jyoti replied 3 years ago.
Hello Jane,

Let me reassure you, there is no way that you can catch HIV in this way.

Absolutely no way.

HIV virus does not survive in the dried state, and it would in no way survive the postal passage.

Dont worry at all about this.

I can empathise with the worry you must have gone through, but I hope this completely assuages your worries. No chance whatsoever of transmission.


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Customer: replied 3 years ago.
I don't no how long the letter has been in the post it could have been sent yesterday from London or this morning first class! This would make the blood fairly fresh and the cut on my face is fresh too
Expert:  Dr. P. Jyoti replied 3 years ago.
No not at all. Even if sent today morning.

HIV would not be infectious for more than a few minutes on the dry postcard.

There is no chance of transmission at all in this manner.

Let me assure you, there is just no chance of transmission here.


Hope this shows you the way forward - wish you good health.

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