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A 23-year-old female asked:

If there was dried blood on the floor and i put my feet(with socks) on it and then wore shoes with the same socks. part of my leg, got exposed to the inside of the shoe, where i got a small wound. can i get hiv, hep or other viruses in this scenario?

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Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
HIV or Hep B/C cannot be transmitted in above presented scenario, check cdc.gov for reliable information on HIV/ Hep B and/or C transmission. Skin or soft tissue infections remain possible and watching the wound until healed is recommended.
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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 55 years experience
Blood borne infections are not transmitted through a contaminated environment.
Nov 4, 2021
Last updated Oct 2, 2022
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