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break in skin?
Oct 4, 2004

What is a break in the skin? What wounds are considered risky and at what point are they "safe"? Is a cut that doesn't bleed, but breaks the first layer of skin a risk?? Please clarify what wounds we need to be concerned with. Are exposures to HCV or HIV infected blood.... when you have a 1 day old cut on your hand a serious risk? Please help..... I need help determining what to worry about and what is really not likely. Would an open wound be something that is obviously open? Thanks!!!

Response from Dr. Dieterich

Yes the skin has to be bleeding and open. Forget worrrying! Just wash your hands and put a bandage on the cuts. DTD

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