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I am an occupational therapy assistant who recently worked

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I am an occupational therapy assistant who recently worked with a patient who was HIV positive. He had legions/no oozing sores/some blood on chapped lips and mucous. He was upset and crying. I was wearing gloves but no mask or eye protectant. How probable is it to be infected in a situation like that? I did not feel any fluid contact on my face. Is it possible that a small amount entered my eye or nose?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  TheGermDoctor replied 5 years ago.


Your risk is practically zero.

HIV is not transmitted from this type of contact- Without exposure to infectious fluid ( blood or genital fluid especially ) and without you having open sores, you really have not had what we consider a significant exposure. There would not be any risk of fluid entering your eye or nose.

Nothing needs to be done at this time.


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