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A 23-year-old female asked:

Ive been sleeping in the chair at the hospital my face was on the chair is there any way that you can get hiv or hepc this way?

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Dr. Robert Sterling
A Verified Doctoranswered
47 years experience
Bring A Chair Cover: Hep C and HIV require access to defects in the skin or mucous membranes. It has been said that the best defense against HIV is an intact epidermis (and "Do Not Enter" signs at each orifice, I might add). But there's other stuff that can take roost on hospital objects, like MRSA, E. coli, C. difficile spores, respiratory viruses, stomach viruses,dandruff,spittle,dried food.Well, you get the point.
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