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Stressing
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Cut elbow and the countertop
      #255501 - 05/05/11 01:20 AM

Can anyone tell me my risk in this situation?

I work in a medical lab and was on the phone about a month ago. My elbows were on the countertop and when I hung up the phone, I noticed a small amount of blood on the countertop I was sitting at. Apparently, I had a small cut on my elbow and had been rubbing it on the countertop for a few minutes. I know that no one had worked at that station with any patient specimens for at least 18 hours. I've noticed tiny spots of dried blood on the countertops around the lab since then. Could I have been infected in this manner???

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Re: Cut elbow and the countertop new
      #255502 - 05/05/11 05:34 AM

Nope. You'll be fine.

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Stressing
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Re: Cut elbow and the countertop new
      #255507 - 05/05/11 09:37 AM

So I'm just being extremely paranoid. I'd read that HIV can't survive long once it's dried, but wasn't sure. Any chance that by rubbing my cut on the countertop got active virus in my bloodstream?

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Re: Cut elbow and the countertop new
      #255509 - 05/05/11 10:03 AM

I'd be more concerned about Hep then HIV. HIV is a weak virus, it dies very quickly outside the body. Hep C & B last for long periods. I believe Hep B can live up to a week. Hep C can last up to 4 days.

Being these two are far more common than HIV, and that they are more efficient infections that would be where my concerns would be laying. They both can cause lots of damage and can go unnoticed (with out symptoms) for a long time as well.

Plus this is something you should have reported right away especially being on the job. And you should be reporting the "tiny" specks of blood you are noticing. Accidents happen, but the conditions are unhealthy and totally outside of OSHA (if you are in the US) standards.

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