|HIV transmission in hospital
Aug 6, 2012
I'm a dental student and one day I was assisting the doctor.. after the procedure while washing my hands i realized that I had a small cut on my finger.. it was not bleeding but slightly red and burning.. what is the risk of HIV transmission?
| Response from Mr. Glenn
Thanks for your question,
It doesn't sound like your skin was open (you'd generally bleed in a situation like that). For HIV to transmit there needs to be HIV+ body fluid leaving someone's body and going directly into another person's body. That would only happen if there was actually a way for blood to get into your body. Doesn't sound like there was a way in.
Aside from this, there are universal precautions that must be practiced in all medical situations. Also, there are procedures that must be observed when a medical professional even suspects they were at risk. Please please please check with your supervisor so that you're up to date on these procedures!
Hope this helps!
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