|Would this count as an occupational exposure!?
Jun 27, 2012
I work in a healthcare setting and recently I was involved in a situation with a patient who is known to be hiv positive. This patient had an operation for stomach cancer and was going quite a rough time. What had happened was the patient fell onto the floor and several of us had to pick him back up and change his dressing. At the time I wasn't wearing any gloves and I held him by the shoulders, he was very sweaty but no visible blood, before finally donning some latex gloves a moment later when a coworker assisted me. Later on when everything was over I removed my gloves and rubbed one of my eyes before I realized what I was doing. My hands were sweaty by then as well due to the gloves. I informed my supervisor and he said I would be fine and that this was not a mode of transmission as there was no visible blood and hiv is not passed through sweat.
Do you agree? I'd really appreciate your opinion on this.
| Response from Dr. Wohl
Your supervisor was correct. There is no risk of transmission here.
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