|Possible exposure to hiv/hepc
Jan 3, 2005
Hi, i recently had to to do some sewer drain cleaning and i might have gotten feces on my hands.After i washed them i noticed a small cut(probably caused from the plumbing snake)on my hand.I should have been using gloves, but i just forgot to.Should i be worried about infection from hepC or hiv from this?I also have very dry chapped hands most of the time and i have heard that that broken skin can increase the risks of transmission.Thanks for any help you can provide. Jason
| Response from Dr. Dieterich
There are lots of risks from sewage. Hepatitis A is the real risk from sewage in terms of hepatitis viruses. Hepatitis B and C and HIV really need blood to be transmitted. You should certainly wear gloves to protect you from the bacterial infections that can be found in sewage. Be careful! DTD
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