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Possible HIV Exposure in Workplace
Jun 2, 2001

I work in a physicians office doing billing. The other day the Doctor asked me to empty the trash cans since needles are put in sharps containers I though it would be ok. However, when emptying one of the trash cans I found a bandaid with blood on it. I had a large paper cut on my thumb and I got very upset that I could have been exposed to the HIV virus. However, I immediately washed my hands with professional soap. I asked the doctor and he told me I was being silly that I could not have been exposed. He would not even give me a Hepatitis test. However, I called the CDC Aids Hotline and they said that the virus takes a few hours to be completely dried up and the virus can't be transmitted then. They advised me to get tested for HIV in 3 months and then in 3 months after that. Should I get a Hepatitis test too? Are they correct. Does the virus die as soon as it hits the air. The doctor I work for refuses to give me tests for HIV or Hepatitis. Thank you.

Response from Ms. Franzoi

I would follow what the CDC suggested.

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