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Odds Of Infection Touching A Bloody Scab

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living with an infected person

i live with a person with hep. c. i am concerned because the person has scabs all over her and and she doesnt cover them up and touches everything. by having a scab on my hand and touching something she has touched with her scabs, can i get hep. c?...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
...HCV is spread by blood to blood contact, so none of the exposures you describe are of concern. Read more »

blood on paperwork from hiv/hcv infected indivdual

I am pregnant and very worried that a client of mine who is hiv/hcv positive who bled on one of my... Read more »

OMG did I infect my partner? Pls help!

Hi, Dr Bob!This question may seem unusual, but I guess it's not as outlandish as some! This virus... Read more »
The Body

What Are the Symptoms of HIV and AIDS?

...other type of activity -- kissing someone with HIV, sharing food or drinks with them, touching something an HIV-positive person touched -- there's basically no chance that whatever you did resulted in you getting HIV. If you're curious about... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Acute HIV Infection

...Pros and Cons of Treating Acute HIV Infection The Bottom Line What Is Acute HIV Infection? The amount of HIV in the blood gets very high within a few days or weeks after HIV infection. Some people get a flu-like illness. This first stage... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Opportunistic Infections

...the CD4 cell count drops below 50, a sign of serious damage to the immune system. To see if you're infected with an OI, your blood might be tested for antigens (pieces of the germ that causes the OI) or for antibodies (proteins made by the immune... Read more »
The Well Project

What Are Opportunistic Infections?

...HIV targets and infects the same immune system cells that are supposed to protect us from illnesses. These are a type of white blood cell called CD4 cells . HIV takes over CD4 cells and turns them into virus factories that produce thousands of... Read more »
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worried of getting stabbed with hiv in my foot

Posted by worried1234, 3 Replies
...but me and my friend didnt really bother about them at all,and then they came back after a while from the other direction,they touched me and my friend's hips and walked off,one of them turned around sticking his or her tongue out at us i am... Read more »

Do help me out here. Thanks.

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply I have no wounds on myself either. If he was infected with HIV (hopefully not), my questions are: 1. If I accidentally touched the things he touched, would it be considered direct or indirect contact? 2. Would such contact be high risk, low... Read more »

Blood Contact - PLEASE HELP!!

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...or so later), I went home and looked on my shirt. While he was punching me, one of his scabs must have ripped open and some blood got on my shirt. Now I am terrified that I might get HIV. Someone, anyone who has any extended knowledge on this... Read more »

Am I infected?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...I went to give blood a month ago to be a good samaritin. I did not realize that I was two months from possible exposure of HIV and started to worry. Read more »