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Hand Injury At Work Risk Assessment

Question: 

Hi. I recently injured my finger at work. The cut is not deep but not superficial either. It was bleeding quite a bit. My coworker rushed me to another room and then simply grabbed a clean tissue from the lobby and gently put it on my finger to make it stop bleeding and also using it as a bandage. He just put the tissue on my finger. He didn't press or directly touched my finger.

Was this situation a potential risk for HIV and Hep C transmission knowing that he did touch the tissue before putting on my finger and my finger was still bleeding at that time? I carefully watched his hands/finger and saw no blood on the tissue whatsoever but I am still really concerned about what happened.

Thank you.

Answer: 

Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the potential risk for HIV and Hep C transmission from a tissue to a bleeding finger between you and your coworker given that you have HIV.

From the information given, this scenario is determined to be no risk (transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario). The scenario mentioned above does meet the three components of the transmission equation. It does not satisfy the equation because from our understanding there was no direct entry of bodily fluids into your co-worker's blood stream.

Recommendation: No need for HIV test with the scenario provided, refer to a physician for other health related questions.

Regards, AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Cody