Hospital volunteer, exposure risk?
Mar 11, 2013
Hi. I volunteer at a local hospital. A few months ago, I cut my finger while I was on the job with a paper cut. Immediately after that, I went to see to an HIV + man. My finger was still bleeding, and I was in the room for a minute or so without being near or touching him before I gloved up. As I was there, the patient defecated accidentally. A nurse came to clean him up and at that point, I left the room. I had gloves on at all times when I was close to the patient and I did not take them off until I left the room. However, when I did take the gloves off, my finger was still bleeding a bit. Is there any chance that could have been infected through the gloves? Is it even possible to become infected through contact with fecal matter?
Response from Ms. Southall
Hi You are fine. You did not come into direct contact with the individuals fluid, which is how HIV transmission occurs. A direct exchange of body fluid.
Be well and stay safe, Shannon
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