Infection with Hep C
Sep 6, 2006
I am a forensic scientist. Accidentally I got a small injury with a blood stained glass piece. The blood stain was completely dry, almost about 6 - 7 days old. Also I was wearing two handgloves - one latex and one polythene. As the cut glass was so sharp, it penetrated through the two gloves and made the small injury. As soon as I got injury, I have washed the wound very well in running water.
Please let me know, is there any chance of infection of HIV or Hepatitis? I have already taken vaccination for Hepatitis B.
Thanks for your kind advice and co-operation
Response from Dr. McGovern
In any of these potential work related injuries, I ALWAYS suggest that you immediately let your employee health service know about this incident. This is for your own protection. Never second-guess an exposure. You should have baseline testing for blood-borne viruses.
With that said, I think you are not at risk, but please discuss this fully with your employee health physician.
I would check your surface antibody for HBV to be certain that you are immune.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.