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Dec 11, 1998

Employee A, known HIV +, lays down his tool on a cold windy day, cold enough to cause small skin openings and drops of blood on the tool handle. Employee B, known - , thinks it is his tool and immediately picks it up, getting smears of blood on his hands, which also are chapped with small skin openings. Employee B doesn't mention this till several hours later and is not aware of A's status. What is the best advice to give employee B?

Response from Ms. Breuer

This scenario describes a remote risk of hepatitis B or C transmission, but not of HIV transmission. HIV cannot tolerate oxygen, and dies on contact with air. What's the best advice to give to employee B, or any other employee? Avoid skin contact with any tool that has blood on it. How about gloves?

Nancy Breuer

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