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A 28-year-old female asked:

Hi! im a waitress, and i was picking up dirty beer glasses outside. one of them was cracked and i cut my hand on it. does this pose a risk of me contracting hiv?

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Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
HIV transmission is not possible in above described scenario, HIV does not survive on inanimate surfaces, check cdc.gov for accurate information regarding HIV transmission. Other superficial infections remain possible and watching the wound until healed would be recommended.
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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Are you up to date on tetanus prevention? When did you last receive a tetanus booster? They're generally good for 10 years unless the injury is soiled badly with dirt.
Jul 4, 2022
Dr. Robert Trager
Dentistry 56 years experience
HIV transmission is from blood to blood contact. No fresh blood on beer glass means no contact. If someone else breaks a glass and is cut and you cut yourself picking it up than a transfer is possible if one is positive. In your job as a waitress always be careful and knowledgeable.
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Last updated Jul 5, 2022


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