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Old 09-13-2012, 09:04 AM   #1
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Possible exposure via fresh open cut and fresh blood

Hello all,
I am a peace officer at a Mens shelter and I have had a few encounters with potential contamination. However, this one is a bit more serious. I and my co workers was trying to restrain a client and in the mist of that, he proceeded to punch the wall. When he punched the wall, we were finally able to calm him down. However, my co workers made me aware that I had cuts on my arm. My co workers had blood all over them from the guy punching the wall so hard that he was bleeding from his hand. I apparently cut my self on the floor model air (which for some reason has very sharp edges on it) conditioner while trying to restrain. My cuts were somewhat deep and I am unsure if any of his blood got into any of my cuts due to the fact that I was bleeding too(one of my cuts is a gash where u can see the white meat). Here is the thing. I am unsure of his status and medical staff will not supply me with his info due to laws that protect him (which I understand). Here is the fun part: I go to the hospital and they tell me that I am pregnant and got conflicting answers from doctor and hiv specialist. One said take the pep meds the other said otherwise. This happened 2 months ago. I ended up having an ectopic pregnancy and lost the baby and 2 months later, I am afraid. Can I get a test now?? What are my chances of contracting hiv if he was hiv positive???

 
Old 09-13-2012, 09:28 AM   #2
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Re: Possible exposure via fresh open cut and fresh blood

Im very sorry to hear the your loss of the pregnancy.

As for your risk, well its very unlikley his blood actually got into your blood stream and in would require a lot more than just a drop or to. Its also have been mentioned that HIV has not been transfered in manner you speak of although yes their is a theroretical risk but thats all it is.

As its been 8 weeks you can get a HIV test and arapid one will be fine and the results will be 99% conclusive. I think for peace of mind take a test and you will have the answer that your looking for.

Hope that helps
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Old 09-14-2012, 07:22 AM   #3
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Re: Possible exposure via fresh open cut and fresh blood

Thanks Apollo for your quick response. So, I have nothing to worry about??

 
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Re: Possible exposure via fresh open cut and fresh blood

HIya, from what i read nothing i would be concerned about but that said you can take a test for your own peace of mind
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Old 09-14-2012, 08:25 AM   #5
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Re: Possible exposure via fresh open cut and fresh blood

Thank you very much. Your answer gives me some peace of mind. Continue helping people and you will be blessed abundantly. Thank you very much

 
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Re: Possible exposure via fresh open cut and fresh blood

Thank you for the very kind words. Hope you have a great weekend.

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Re: Possible exposure via fresh open cut and fresh blood

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Hello all,
I am a peace officer at a Mens shelter and I have had a few encounters with potential contamination. However, this one is a bit more serious. I and my co workers was trying to restrain a client and in the mist of that, he proceeded to punch the wall. When he punched the wall, we were finally able to calm him down. However, my co workers made me aware that I had cuts on my arm. My co workers had blood all over them from the guy punching the wall so hard that he was bleeding from his hand. I apparently cut my self on the floor model air (which for some reason has very sharp edges on it) conditioner while trying to restrain. My cuts were somewhat deep and I am unsure if any of his blood got into any of my cuts due to the fact that I was bleeding too(one of my cuts is a gash where u can see the white meat). Here is the thing. I am unsure of his status and medical staff will not supply me with his info due to laws that protect him (which I understand). Here is the fun part: I go to the hospital and they tell me that I am pregnant and got conflicting answers from doctor and hiv specialist. One said take the pep meds the other said otherwise. This happened 2 months ago. I ended up having an ectopic pregnancy and lost the baby and 2 months later, I am afraid. Can I get a test now?? What are my chances of contracting hiv if he was hiv positive???
Hi,

There is very little, bordering on zero risk, of an HIV infection from the circumstances you have described. It It is worth testing out for peace of mind but realistically your actual chances of contracting HIV from this are in effect zero.

Kevin.

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