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Category: HIV and AIDS
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Experience:  Internal Medicine Physician
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Sciberras, I was wondering if you could help me. I have

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Hello Dr Sciberras,
I was wondering if you could help me. I have gotten myself into a bit of a state following a visit to the STD clinic. Whilst waiting for the nurse to arrive to take the swabs etc, I opened the lid of the clinical waste bin with my hands to put a tissue inside. The bin was for dressings, gloves, swap equipment, aprons etc. I didn't touch the contents of the bin, just the lid. There was no visible blood/fluids on the bin lid. I then (without realising) flattened the plaster on my arm which was covering a needle puncture site (I had just had bloods drawn). Is there a possibility that HIV/Hep B/C could have been transferred from the lid of the bin to the needle puncture site?
Sorry if I have completely over-reacted.
Thank you very much for reading this.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: HIV and AIDS
Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 2 years ago.
No, this is not possible
You would need blood/fluids inside an open cut