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Can you please help???? This question not in the archives!!!!
Mar 28, 2009

Dr. McGovern, I know you are extremely busy so I will keep this very short. I have a job where I am constantly meeting with people around my local community. With this job there is alot of social interaction and shaking hands with numerous people on a daily basis. Now before you jump to conclusions, (this is not a hand shaking question). My eyes often get irritated and I will often wipe them with my hands. Sometimes, my eyes will sting from possible bacteria getting into my eyes. Now I realize that I should always wash my hands before I wipe my eyes. However, I am worried that quite possibly I could have shook someones hand that may have had blood on it, and then wiped my eyes shortly thereafter, resulting in an HIV risk.

Without all the "what if's".... I would like to know, what are the chances this could be an HIV risk? Obviously the scenario of my hand being covered in blood and then proceeding to wipe my eyes has never occured. I am more worried about a small trace of blood going from one persons hand, to my hand, then to my eye.

I really beg for an answer this has caused me much stress.

Response from Dr. McGovern

Please refer HIV questions to the HIV forum.

However, I would not worry about this "exposure" at all.

IMMUNE STATUS? help plz.
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