|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
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
- Can Someone Get HIV From Blood On Hand?
- Can You Get HIV From Blood On Hand?
- Flu Symptoms After Anal Sex Without Condom Does It Mean I Have HIV
- Groin Pain After Barebacking Worried I Have HIV
- Sore Throat After Sensual Massage Worried I Have HIV
- Vomiting After Insertive Oral Sex Worried I Have HIV
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.