|Risk of exposure in hospitals, hiv clinics etc.
Mar 9, 2006
Dear Dr. Bob,
I had not been tested for HIV in about 10 years, so I went and got tested at my local AIDS clinic last week (thought it would be a good idea from previous unprotected sex, and it was negative).
However, later that day I started getting anxious that I might have touched blood left on a doorknob, chair, or some other object from previous blood work or test being done. I didn't notice it if I did.
Just touching some blood I am not concerned with, but leaving the office, I probably rubbed my eyes (I have allergies and contacts) or maybe picked my nose or something stupid without remembering. Would this be putting myself at risk and do I need to go back and get tested again later if this actually occurred? It seems kind of an indirect route of exposure.
I have been reading this site and you must have tremendous patience to deal with all of our questions and seem to be a very strong willed person. Even if I don't hear from you, I wish you the best. (And you would get my vote if you ran for President)
| Response from Dr. Frascino
The chance of your acquiring HIV from the activities you describe is the same as my chance of becoming President, and having a Dick like Cheney as Vice, i.e. beyond nonexistent! End of story!
Stay well. (Yes, you are indeed well.)
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