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Forum Name: Viral Infections

Question: The risk of transmission from HIV and HEP C man


 candy1980 - Thu Jan 08, 2009 1:51 am

I was helping transfer a man with HIV and Hep C from a wheel chair to a bed. Although I was wearing gloves the man grabbed my arm and it felt as though he had scratched me. When I inspected my arm there was no visible breakage and no blood seen, but the man had been scratching himself and using a urinal all day without wiping his hand. Therefore I do not know what was on his hands or under his fingernail at that. What is my risk of transmission from both?
 Tom Plamondon PA-C - Wed Jan 21, 2009 7:59 pm

User avatar Hello,
HIV can be transmitted by blood, breast milk, or during sexual intercourse.
HIV can be present in urine, sweat and saliva but not transmitted by these substances.

Hepatitis C is transmitted by blood exposure.

Therefore, your risk for infection has not changed by this incidental contact with this gentlemen.

For more information, view CDC website or contact an infection control nurse at your local hospital.

Take care and let us know if we can answer any further questions.

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