|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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