My test result was positive. Can someone get HIV by touching, licking, or other contacts with the saliva on the test kit stick or the test tube or liquid?

Medical experts agree that HIV does not survive well outside the body. This means that the risk of environmental transmission (spread) is remote. Therefore, if someone comes into direct contact with your self-test stick, there is extremely little risk of transmitting HIV to them. Contact with saliva has never been shown to result in the transmission of HIV.  However, with a positive test result, you will need a second test to confirm your HIV status. Until your result is confirmed, be sure to take extra precautions to avoid any chance of spreading HIV. Generally, it will be helpful to avoid all sexual activities until you know your HIV status.