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can you catch someones elses blood if you touch it

A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Depends: It depends on many different factors including the disease and length of time the blood was outside the host. As such, it is hard to answer your quest ... Read More

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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Skin is a barrier: There are no chances to catch anything you may be worrying about. Your skin is a good barrier for almost every type of infection.
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Dr. James Okamoto
28 years experience Family Medicine
No: I would say the chances are pretty slim of catching any disease this way. There is no risk of catching HIV this way. The most contagious virus would ... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
Extremely unlikely: In theory there might be a small risk from such exposure. However, there are no reported cases that this has ever happened. So nothing to worry about.
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Potentially yes: But this is theoretical. Hep c is only transmitted by some form of intimate contact. Your intact skin is a barrier to entry of this virus, and it is ... Read More
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A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience Psychiatry
Not recommended: I would not recommend touching blood at a gas station, no matter when you contact it. Any areas of broken skin would be especially vulnerable.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Depends: If there are no open sores on the skin where you touched the blood and you washed your hands promptly, there is minimal risk.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Romano
8 years experience Internal Medicine
No: You can't get HIV by touching dirty trash unless the dirty trash contained freshly injection needles from someone with HIV and you were stuck with it. ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shabbir Hossain
15 years experience Internal Medicine
Certainly possible: Yes quite possible. Not a good idea.

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