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aids in relation to dried blood

May 6, 2001

an health educator has stated to students that you can not contact AIDS from touching or coming into contact with dried blood. Is this true

Response from Dr. Aberg

For the most part, this is true. HIV dies very quickly when it dries on a surface. Even when someone has contact with moist blood on an intact skin surface, the risk of transmission is almost zero. We still can recover HIV by specific laboratory methods from dried blood samples but you cannot contract HIV simply by touching a dried blood sample.

It is always best to use precautions such as wearing gloves when handling any object contaminated with blood. Other diesases such as Hepatitis B and Helatitis C may be transmitted by blood.

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