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A 37-year-old female asked:

I am a phlebotomist. can you get hiv exposure through reopened bug bite? i think the hand sanitizer i used re opened a scab from a fresh bug bite.

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 46 years experience
No: Won't happen. Such fears are unrealistic. During the time when there was no treatment, family contacts simply did not transmit the disease except by needles or sex.
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 46 years experience
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Thanks for the follow up and your kind words.
Sep 23, 2016

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