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should i be worried

Feb 24, 2014

I am a nurse and last week I was taking care of an elderly patient that later that week I found out was HIV +. I did not always wear gloves while taking care of him I do not recall getting any blood or bodily fluids on me. His urine was bloody and I did wear gloves when dealing with that. But my hands and forearms get really dry and sometimes crack from the alcohol based hand sanitizer we use. I know my fears are irrational but this has me really worried for some reason and it would help to have reassurance! Should I get tested? Thank you!

Response from Dr. Hightow-Weidman

Hello there It sounds like your fears are unfounded. HIV is not transmitted by casual contact which is how I would classify your interactions with this patient that did not involved handling his bloody bodily fluids in which you appropriately wore gloves. Take care DR W

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