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plumber after finishing the job cut his hand & cleaned it with cloth. then he shook my hand. my hands are dry cracked, can i get hiv or hepc? scared!

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Dr. Martin Fried
General Practice 36 years experience
NO: cracked is not the same as open sore. You have nothing to be worried about. Even if he cut his hand- he would have to have passed blood from him to blood to you to transfer HIV. Put your mind at ease.

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