|How infectious is blood/semen stained money?
Feb 26, 1998
Employees are in receipt of money from the coroners office and courts. Quite often the money has blood stains or other fluid stains. How long can HIV or Hepatitis live on inanimate objects before it dies or becomes non-infectious?
Response from Ms. Breuer
When HIV in blood, semen or either of the other two infectious fluids--vaginal fluids and breast milk--comes in contact with air, HIV is destroyed. There is no risk of contracting HIV from cash. Hepatitis B and C are more hardy and can be reactivated as long as a week or two later with moisture. However, to cause infection, they would have to come in contact with an opening into the money-handler's bloodstream. To reduce risk, I suggest that you advise employees to cover all cuts with bandaids. Anyone with a rash or broken skin could reduce the already remote risk by wearing latex gloves when coming in contact with anything that might have dried blood on it. No matter what the source of the money, cash is rife with various germs, and should be treated accordingly. Most important, employees should wash their hands after handling cash.
Should those with AIDS/HIV be allowed to work in the medical field???
I punctured my self with an
- Lap Dance Risk Of Getting HIV
- Licking Anus Worried I Have AIDS
- Are Swollen Lymph Nodes A Symptom Of HIV?
- Blood In Urine After Vaginal Sex Worried I Have HIV
- Erectile Dysfunction After Receptive Anal Sex Without Condom Does It Mean I Have HIV
- Oral Ulcers After Open Mouth Kissing Sign Of HIV AIDS
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.