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health volunteer
Nov 30, 2002

while volunteering at a hospital recently, i accidently touch the blood of an IVDU. there were no breaks in my skin n immediately wiped with alcohol swab & wahed with hibiscus scrub. what's my risk? please help. tanx. ps good job on this informational site

Response from Mr. Kull

If the blood did not have access to your bloodstream (either through contact with mucous membranes or a recent injury), then you are at minimal risk for HIV infection. Your skin provides an excellent barrier to HIV. Transmission to healthcare workers who have needlestick injuries does occur, but it is uncommon.

You should not be concerned about infection, but since you did have contact with the blood of a high risk individual, you should consider testing at three months.

RMK



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