Hello and thank you for your question,
If you had no open and/or bleeding wounds on your cuticles, you do not have to worry about HIV transmission. In order for HIV to be transmitted, it needs to have blood to blood contact. Also, HIV virus dies within minutes after it is no longer in the human body and, chances are, the bloody applicator has been the bathroom for longer than a few minutes.
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It has to be open but not necessarily active bleeding. If you have a fresh open wound and its seeping fluid or blood, that wound potentially can contact HIV virus. But you literally need to touch that wound to a dirty applicator with fresh blood on it.
If that wasn't what happened, you have absolutely nothing to worry about.
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Yes, HIV dies within minutes of being exposed to the air. So the sanitary napkin or tampon literally had to have fresh blood (not dried up) and that blood would have to come in contact with your open cuticle in order to even have a possibility of HIV transmission.
I understand your concern.
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The virus doesn't die within a minute but it dies within several minutes. If the blood was dry, you don't have to worry about it. If the blood didn't touch your open cuticle (where you had to wash it off), there is nothing to worry about.
Well, you don't have to have a lot of blood to get exposed but, of course, chances are higher if there is a lot of blood. Believe me, there have been no reported cases that someone got HIV from touching a dirty applicator. It would be so highly unlikely, that you really have nothing to worry about.
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