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A 24-year-old male asked:

When i was receiving my flu vaccination at the health clinic, i was not sure if the alcohol swap was contaminated before use. what are my risk of hiv?

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Dr. James Burns
Emergency Medicine 37 years experience
From Alcohol?: If you are referring to contracting HIV from an alcohol swab which may, or may not have been used on someone who may or may not have had active hiv, and was swabbed over your intact skin before your flu vaccine i believe you can rest easy. Your risk is so close to zero it's hard to see.

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Last updated Jun 10, 2014

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