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rubbed my eyes with blood
Mar 30, 2013

hello ,,,about a week ago while i was trying to put an IV line for a patient ,,,subconciously i rubbed my eye then i noticed there was blood on the gloves and on the finger that i rubbed with ,,,i am very concerned about HIV transmission ...i didn't take PEP ,,,,please let me know what is my risk to get HIV in this case(consider the patient is +ve for HIV ? ,,and if there is any advices? thank you

Response from Ms. Southall

Hi Getting HIV through occupational exposure is less than 3%. If the patient did have HIV they would have to have a detectable viral load in order for transmission to really have a chance of occurring, this meaning that they either do not know their status or are not on meds. There would also have to be a significant amount of blood. The first question I would ask is if the patient has HIV, by talking to their health care provider and then second the only way to truly know your status is to get tested. I would talk to your occupational exposure or human resources department to ask them how to handle the situation.

Be safe and well, Shannon



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