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Cedar Hill, TX
A 33-year-old female asked:

Work in health field. touch a hiv/hep patient towel with blood and then licked finger to open a bag. immediately brushed teeth. am i at risk?

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Dr. James Goodpaster
Dentistry 30 years experience
Low Risk but: You should report this as an incident to the occupational therapist that will decide if blood tests and/or treatment such as PEP is indicated. HIV is very low risk transmitted orally unless open sores in the mouth and the length of time the towel was exposed to air also decreases your risk.

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