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Is It True That Dried Blood Is Infectious
Since HCV can be infectious for up to 6 weeks at room temp what is the likelihood of getting it from miniscule dried blood on an environmental surface?
None: Nobody ever gets HCV except by direct sharing of blood, mostly through injection equipment. Even sex rarely transmits it, despite what you may have learned online or elsewhere. The only proved, accepted means of sexual transmission is through potentially traumatic anal sex practices among men who have sex with men. In any case, there is never significant risk from environmental contamination. ...Read more
HIV: If the blood has dried long enough for the cells within the fluid to have died the HIV will also succumb to drying. But you must remember that just touching infected blood is not going to transmit the virus unless there is a break in the skin or the blood is somehow transferred into your mucous membranes or bloodstream. ...Read more
How long can a cancer cell survive in dried blood.I know it is not infectious.I just want to know how long it can survive in blood if allowed to dry.
What would be and infectious blood diease that a doctor from diese control and the county was notified?
Wash immediately: First and foremost, prevention is the key with the use of latex gloves, masks, and if necessary, protective clothing or gown. If exposed, wash the area immediately with copious amounts of warm soapy water for at least 30 seconds. Then report it to your employer's occupational health department and/or your doctor. ...Read more
Not until 35wks: All pregnant women should get tested for GBS, group B streptococcus, at 35wks. It's not an infection; just colonizes the vagina. If it gets onto your baby as it passes through the birth canal, it can lead to sepsis (whole body infection) -- so if you have it and you're going into labor, you HAVE to be at a hospital to get IV antibiotics (PCN). Can't do anything about it before labor. No symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In general how long would hiv be infectious in a small drop of blood dime sized outside of the body?
Not measurable: Nobody's going to do the hard science required to give a definitive answer to this question, because nobody has gotten sick by contacting a blood drop like this. What we do know is the exposure to casual blood spills -- as in cleaning a cut on an infected child -- simply doesn't infect people. When HIV was untreatable, family members simply didn't catch the virus except through sex or IV drug use. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer