Blood Exposure in Hospital
Jul 29, 2008
Hi Dr. Bob, this question has been answered before but there is a little twist to it with a mucous membrane involved. I was in a hospital today visiting and touched a bed that had fresh blood on it (not from the person I was visiting but someone who walked by and was bleeding. I had not open cuts or wounds on my hands so I am guessing there is no risk at all from that. Then, I washed my hands twice and applied some of the anti (whatever it is called) on the hospital walls about 3 times thoroughly. What makes me worried is that I chew tobacco. About 30 minutes later when I got back in my car I put in a chew. Would this be an issue at all with maybe some micro amounts of blood on my fingers and then putting in a chew as the tobacco makes cuts in the lips. Do I need to test at all from this? Thanks for teh resposne, never had to worry like this before and want to put it behind me.
Response from Dr. Frascino
Actually, you do have a major health risk, but it's not HIV. Your HIV-acquisition risk is exactly nothing, zero, nulla, nada, bubkes! However, chewing tobacco can and often does lead to mouth and throat cancer that is horribly disfiguring and often fatal. I suggest you stop worrying about a nonexistent HIV risk and focus on your very real risk of self-induced cancer.
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