Posted by: | 2017/08/07


Possibility of contracting HIV.

Hi doc. Whats the possibility of contracting hiv after touching a dead persons blood of unknown status.? (There was alot of blood. But as soon as i realised i touched blood i washed my hands)

Expert's Reply


HIV/Aids expert
- 2017/08/08

The risk depends on a few factors. When the person died. The changes that occur after death are not ideal for the virus to thrive. If the person died and you touched the blood almost immediately then the risk is higher. If the contact happened some time after death then the risk is reduced.  Were there any open cuts or wounds on your hands? If there were no cuts or wounds then the risk of infection is negligible. The viral load of the dead person ie the number of HIV copies in their blood is important. The higher the viral load the higher the risk of transmission. You did well to wash your hands. Next time make sure you wear gloves when dealing with any bodily fluids

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