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Dried Blood Risks

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Hep C/HIV risk from dried blood?

My child recently had routine blood work done. On the arm rest was an area of dried blood which the tech wiped up with an alcohol pad before my child put his arm up. Is there any risk from this? Also, the tech uncapped the needle early, put it down...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
No I am not concerned about either risk. Hepatitis viruses are transmitted when blood meets blood, like a direct injection of fresh blood into the vein of other person - as is the case with injection drug users.... Read more »

HIV risk from dry blood "Intravenous cannula dressing"

About 10 days ago I removed an intravenous cannula from a HIV positive person and when putting the... Read more »

Is there risk of infection from dried blood?

I recently moved into a new apartment. On the carpet in one of the roomsthere apears to be some... Read more »
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CDC National Prevention Information Network

Hepatitis C Virus Dried on Inanimate Surfaces Can Remain Infectious for up to Six Weeks

This article was reported by AIDSMAP . A study reported in NAM aidsmap concluded that dried blood containing hepatitis C virus (HCV) remained infectious for up to six weeks at normal room temperature. Researchers from Yale University tested the... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Sexual Exposure to Blood and Behavioural Risks Among STI Clinic Patients in Cape Town, South Africa

Although it is well known that the vast majority of HIV infections in South Africa are the result of heterosexually transmitted HIV, the rapid growth of South Africa's HIV epidemic and the behavioural risk factors that facilitate HIV transmission in... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Anal and Dry Sex in Commercial Sex Work, and Relation to Risk for Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV in Meru, Kenya

The aim of the current study was to examine the practice of anal and dry sex within a cohort of female sex workers (FSWs) in Meru, Kenya. A survey was conducted among FSWs: 147 participants were randomly sampled from an existing cohort of... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Dried Blood CD4+ T-Cell Test May be Cheaper, More Convenient Alternative in Developing Countries, Study Says

Researchers have replicated the CD4+ T cell count test, which is normally conducted on an expensive flow cytometer machine using fresh blood, using dried blood and inexpensive commercially available reagents, a discovery that could simplify... Read more »
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Contact with Dried Blood on School Desk

Posted by SkilledWorrier, 1 Reply
Hi. I'm a moderate worrier... having sudden acute concerns that result every so often.

At school a couple days ago, there was a decent amount (1-2 sq. in., or so) of dried blood on the desk next to me. And it's possible that blood on the table could... Read more »

HIV infection from dried blood?

Posted by panic05, 5 Replies
I got a question on HIV infection from dried blood. I know no one has been infected with HIV due to contact with toilet seat so far. But I am still worrying about its possibility.

Today, I went to a public washroom. After flushing the toilet, I... Read more »

dry blood contact

Posted by Anonymous
Please can someone allay my fears. I went for an HIV test & 20 minutes later on my way home I looked at the palm of my hand it appeared to have a slither of brownish blood not a lot. I licked my finger & rubbed my palm - I inadvertently put... Read more »

Risk of hiv by Vacutainer Blood Collection System

Posted by sinso
My anxiety its Killing Me.
When i went to take my test for my past interocuorse the nurse use a vacutainer System.
As you know The Vacutainer System consists of a doubleDouble-tussin dm-pointed needle, a plastic holder or adapter and a series of... Read more »