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Blood exposure and hand sanitizer

Sep 30, 2013

A few weeks ago I had a fresh blood exposure on my hand to intact skin. I didn't have access to a bathroom at the time so I used hand sanitizer to get the blood off. I washed the area with soap and water approximately 20 minutes after the exposure. What are the chances that HIV or Hep C could have permiated through the skin. I've read that the alcohol from hand sanitizer can enter the bloodstream, can this affect and allow for a virus to also enter?

Response from Dr. Hightow-Weidman

Hello there Neither HIV nor Hep C can penetrate through intact skin, direct entry via mucosal membranes or via blood is required. Take care, LHW

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