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Posted by: Paul | 2010/05/21

Blood Phobia

I posted about blood smeer and wanted to confirm , unless you are bleeding freshly and you step on blood and it goes in do you have a low risk of contracting hiv or other. If on the other hand it is just a scratch(no open bleeding) or a cracked heel or athletes foot then you have no risk. Is this correct?

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Paul

The HIV virus survives only a few seconds in blood outside the body. Unless you have a bleeding wound on your foot and you step into a pool of very fresh blood, you will not contract HIV. Hepatitis B and C, however, can survive up to six months in dry blood. Contracting Hepatitis in such a manner, can be more of a risk.

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