Mar 1, 2006
Hi there, A couple days ago I cut my finger at work. When I went to patch myself up, I used some polysporin antibiotic ointment that was in the first aid kit. I put some on a band aid, and didn't think about it until a few days later. I'm worried that if someone applied that same ointment directly to a cut, and was infected with HIV or Hepatitus or something, that I could now be infected... ??
I've had STD tests done before, and really think I'm going to be worried about this for 3 months.... Can you ease my mind?
| Response from Ms. Breuer
Ointment does not transmit HIV or hepatitis. Please put your mind at ease. If this sort of experience troubles you, next time squeeze out a tiny amount of the ointment onto a tissue and discard it so that the ointment you apply to yourself will not have touched anyone's finger or cut.
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