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blood spilling on you
Mar 25, 2001

Dear Dr. Dezube, I am a lesbian and have never had heterosexual intercourse. However, when working, a bleeding co-worker asked me to put a band-aid on him. I did and blood spilled over my hand, he has since tested HIV+. At the time I had a cut in my hand. It wasn't an open cut, but since I was working with ice, it was moist but not bleeding. Since no blood was coming out I figure the HIV infection couldn't come in. I washed immediately with soap. How small are the chances of infection in these cases.

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Based upon your story, your chances of getting infected are quite remote, particularly since your wound was not open. Nevertheless I would indeed suggest that you get tested to put your mind at rest. Obviously in the future, it would pay to use gloves whenever you dress a wound.


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