|open tube of blood
Jun 9, 2001
how long would the hiv virus live in an open serum tube used in a laboratory? is the risk lessened if the blood is spun down and the contact is with the serum or plasma vs. the whole blood?
| Response from Ms. Breuer
Your question leaves out the key information: has the blood come into direct contact with a break in the skin or a mucous membrane? If not, there is no exposure. If it has, there is a potential exposure and the only truly reassuring answer is an HIV test. Serum or plasma is far less likely to be infectious than whole blood, but not risk-free. The test is the answer.
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