|Blood borne pathogens in a sporting environment...
Jan 14, 2010
I just wanted to ask if it possible for someone to get infected with a blood borne pathogen in a sport situation? I play a lot of outdoor sports and I've gotten people's blood on me during aggressive plays. Is it possible to catch something in this manner?
| Response from Dr. McGovern
It is generally thought that the risk of acquiring blood borne hepatitis infections through sports is extremely low. You should be vaccinated against hepatitis B so this should not be an issue - as long as you have developed protective antibodies. Hepatitis C has once been described after a fist fight back in 2000 but there are no reported cases since. Transmission would require open wounds in both persons with mixing of blood.
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