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    Am i infected?
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    An_247358 posted:
    am a student and work in a hospital. about a last week ago, we had a bloody patient. he was HIV+. unfortunately my gloves tore and my hands became bloody. i washed them immediately. 2 or 3 days before i understood that my nails were cracked and a little clotted blood war there (the amount was less than of the less than half of a blood drop and i mention again that was dry). definitely during this period of time i had any contacts between my eyes and my hand. i am now concerned and worried that i am infected to HIV or not?????? please help me.
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    georgiagail responded:
    What you describe is not a risk for transmission of the virus to you. You did absolutely the correct procedure washing your hands immediately after getting blood on them.

    Handling contacts with hands that have clotted (dried) blood under fingernails would not transmit the virus to you through your eyes (I'm assuming that is what you are concerned about). Dried blood would not contain living virus.

    The only possible (and this would be highly unlikely) risk from an encounter you describe would be if liquid blood from an HIV positive individual ended up on the contacts that were immediately placed in the eye.

    Gail


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