Anonymous
Few days ago when i m working in the clinical laboratory i had a cut on my thumb i dont realise that there are so many blood samples present i worked with them without wearing gloves as i notice the cut i became very tense of getting hiv but immediately when i noticed it i deep my thumb in a Hand Sanitizer so i want to know that how much of risk by this of getting HIV
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline. We are happy to help!

The HIV in a laboratory would not be a risk to you if you touched it. This is because the HIV virus dies when it is exposed to air because it needs its human host. Furthermore, the cut on your finger likely wasn't deep enough to provide direct access to your bloodstream. HIV cannot enter through small superficial cuts. When we discuss cuts/wounds as access points, we are referring to those that are deep enough to need immediate medical attention like stitches or surgery.

There is no risk in this situation. For more information about HIV transmission, please do not hesitate to visit the websites below:

http://www.catie.ca
http://www.smartsexresource.com

Best,

Caroline

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