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serum vs.whole blood
Jun 25, 2001

is there any difference if someone were to be splashed or had droplets in their eye whether the specimen were serum or whole blood? i have been told if it is a spun tube the virus is spun to the bottom and there is less virus in the serum? please respond, it's important.

Response from Dr. Dieterich

It is fairly certain that there is virtually no risk from a mucosal splash exposure. Some virus that is in cells would be spun down, the free virus which is less, would not be, so indeed the chances would be even less. This is a very very low risk exposure. Do the right thing and get tested, but don't worry too much. DTD



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