|Please "edify" this one too
Feb 23, 2008
Sir, its quite a coincidence that a question that I wanted ask you to get an expert's opinion, has been asked by another Indian Doctor, only in my case, when I was assisting abscess aspiration, patient's blood, about 3 drops got on my bare hands[no gloves] came from that patient whose HIV Status was not known.Now I do remember the absence of a cut/dermatitis/abrasion/open wound on my hands at that time.And please Dr.Bob, assess my situation too. Essentially, my bare hands were exposed to about 3-4 drops of a patient's blood whose HIV status remains unknown, no skin breach as far as I remember..yet I keep wondering if I failed to notice any break in the skin of my hands ..the apprehension and anxiety is clouding my mind.Please write back Dear Sir
| Response from Dr. Frascino
HIV cannot penetrate intact skin. Your worries are unwarranted. However personally, I'm beginning to worry about the medical school training related to transmission/acquisition of bloodborne pathogens for Indian physicians! This is really very basic information that all health care workers should be well versed in.
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