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blood in urine and HIV risk
May 21, 2011

i had a urine splatter possibly to my eye, patient is hiv positive, has prostate and bladder ca, had hematuria in recent past. if he has microscopic hematuria is it possible i was exposed and can turn positive? i did rinse my eye out with water but not right away.

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello,

There would be a theoretical risk if there was fresh visible blood in the urine. Your overall acquisition risk is extremely low. I assume you are a health care worker. As such, all occupational exposures should be immediately reported to your supervisor and occupational health department so that the exposure can be documented, evaluated and managed (reassurance given vs. follow-up HIV testing vs. post-exposure prophylaxis). Even after the fact I would suggest you report the incident.

Good luck.

Dr. Bob



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