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superficial scratch with a staple from an hiv positive patient folder

Feb 25, 2014

Hello, I don't know if I am overreacting or if i should be concern. Today at work while i was carrying an hiv positive patient's folder, I have accidentally scratched myself superficially in the finger with a staple that was poking out at the front page of patient's folder. Is there any risk of transmission? I mean, if the patient has previously scratched with that staple. Thanks

Response from Ms. Southall

Hi Yes you are overreacting! HIV transmission can only occur when there is a direct and prolonged exposure to body fluids, semen, vaginal fluid, blood or mother to child through breast feeding. This most commonly occurs through unprotected vaginal or anal sex and sharing of needles. Casual contact, sharing utensils, drinking after someone, etc are not way for HIV transmission to occur. If you go to this link HIV101 it will take you to our page that talks about the ways in which HIV is and is not transmitted. You may want to ask your HR department for a OSHA training for all employees. Most especially if you continue working with those with chronic illnesses such as HIV, Hepatitis etc.

Be well and stay safe, Shannon

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