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I had a cotton swob that touched dried blood on paper before touching my wound (from taking blood from a needle), are the chances high of catching he?

I had a cotton swob that touched dried blood on paper before touching my wound (from taking blood from a needle), are the chances high of catching he?

No: I would say the chances are pretty slim of catching any disease this way. There is no risk of catching HIV this way. The most contagious virus would be hepatitis B, and the odds of the blood being contaminated by this virus is very small in Canada. The entire country only had 2000 known cases out of a population of 35 million! Pretty slim odds of coming in contact with Hep B! ...Read more

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How easily does hepatitis spread from dried blood between inanimate objects? Worried about having touched the same things as someone who was bleeding!

How easily does hepatitis spread from dried blood between inanimate objects? Worried about having touched the same things as someone who was bleeding!

No risk, no worries: The hepatitis viruses are rarely if ever caught by exposure to blood in the environment, and contact with dried blood is especially low risk. And without visible blood on things you touched (door knobs, towels, utensils, shared toilet, etc), for sure there is no significant risk. Don't worry about it. ...Read more

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Dried snot in wall of restaurant bathroom, the snot was blood tinged at edges but appeared dried. If my toddler touched it could she get a disease?

Dried snot in wall of restaurant bathroom, the snot was blood tinged at edges but appeared dried. If my toddler touched it could she get a disease?

It depends...: Avoidance of inappropriate contact with body fluids is of absolute importance, the risk of infection will depend on a lot of factors. At the least I hope your baby has received all childhood recommended vaccinations.
If she only touched and has no open wound and did not put her soiled finger in her mouth then a thorough hand washing with soap and water will prove protective.... ...Read more

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Its true virus cannot survive in an HIV positive drop of dried blood but what if a person touched a tiny wet drop of blood and has a cut?

Its true virus cannot survive in an HIV positive drop of dried blood but what if a person touched a tiny wet drop of blood and has a cut?

In hospitals: In hospitals, the risks of exposure to blood borne virus is taken very seriously. Precisely the example you've given is what they try to prevent. So, while minimal, there is a risk of infection. ...Read more

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I accedentally touched my penis tip to pillow containing dried mosquito blood. What risk I have to get hiv. Plz rply asap im scared. Thnk u.

I accedentally touched my penis tip to pillow containing dried mosquito blood. What risk I have to get hiv. Plz rply asap im scared. Thnk u.

Wimpy virus: It is important to remember that viruses like hepc, HIV and others are strings of proteins that are connected by very weak bonds. They require many things to stay active and need living cells to reproduce and survive. Unless there was gross blood, mucous or some other organic substance from her body on that door and it got into your penis, the odds are very unlikely. ...Read more

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At the store, the cashier had dried blood around fingernail and some cuts and scabs on his hand. Should I be concerned that he touched my groceries?

At the store, the cashier had dried blood around fingernail and some cuts and scabs on his hand. Should I be concerned that he touched my groceries?

Possibly: If he handled unwrapped food directly, wash it thoroughly before eating. If the food is packaged, it is probably alright. ...Read more

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I was working yesterday and picked up a rag with dried blood with my bare hand then had to do something else and touched the corner of my mouth?

I was working yesterday and picked up a rag with dried blood with my bare hand then had to do something else and touched the corner of my mouth?

Low Risk: Coming in contact with dried blood is still a safety hazard although the majority of bloodborne bad guys will die in a few hours after the liquid has dried up. If you are still concerned or having symptoms of fatigue, muscle aches, liver pains, or fevers, I would recommend having your family doc check you blood. ...Read more

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Dry precum on fingers. Dried 7-14 minutes. Touched moist vagina. Milky discharge 1-2 days after. Menstrual cramps. Nauseous. No period blood yet?

Dry precum on fingers. Dried 7-14 minutes. Touched moist vagina. Milky discharge 1-2 days after. Menstrual cramps. Nauseous. No period blood yet?

Doubtful: Viable Sperm need to be in the vagina during/Around the time you are ovulating to have the possible chance of getting you pregnant. The scenario here makes it unlikely that you would be pregnant. Best wishes. Using condoms and BC would be highly recommended to you. ...Read more

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Could dried blood ever turn black?

Could dried blood ever turn black?

Yes, common: As the blood dries and hemoglobin oxidizes, it will look darker red to brown to black. ...Read more

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Can you get anything from dried up blood?

Can you get anything from dried up blood?

Yes: There may be viruses and bacterial spores that may resist dryness. ...Read more

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I touched something that looks like blood at work. What should I do?

I touched something that looks like blood at work. What should I do?

Ask supervisor: Check with human health and resources dept.
Any exposure to blood borne pathogens?
http://www. Osha. Gov/sltc/bloodbornepathogens/index. Html. ...Read more

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I used public toilet and didn't realise until I had stood up that there was dried blood on the seat. Could I catch something? I have no sores.

I used public toilet and didn't realise until I had stood up that there was dried blood on the seat. Could I catch something? I have no sores.

Chances are slight: I doubt that dried blood from the toilet seat will transmit an infection. But to cover all bases keep an eye on the area that came in contact with the dried blood for a week and if you see nothing unusual you should be OK. ...Read more

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Is it true that dried blood is infectious?

Is it true that dried blood is infectious?

Yes: Yes, dried blood can carry infectious viruses and other pathogens. Universal precautions (gloves, handwashing) should always be used when handling blood of others (even dried). ...Read more

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Is it normal for me to have dried blood on me when I wake up from surgery?

Is it normal for me to have dried blood on me when I wake up from surgery?

Yes: At the end of surgery the team caring for you does their best to clean you up. However, some oozing can still occur after and some areas are difficult to examine and clean. Plus, waking up from anesthesia can involve vigorous patient movement that can undo the cleaning. Clean with a wet towel or according to surgeon post-op directions. ...Read more

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How long do blood Bourne pathogens last outside the body? And why so long on dried blood

How long do blood Bourne pathogens last outside the body? And why so long on dried blood

Depends...: Totally depends on the pathogen. Encapsulated viruses generally last longer than enveloped viruses, and bacteria like Staph aureus (MRSA) lasts seemingly forever. Practice "universal precautions" always and if you think you have experienced an unprotected exposure seek help immediately. Testing usually can be obtained from that patient to determine whether or not a virus was present. ...Read more

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Yesterday a man was bleeding he did not aply any bandages I helped him I touched his blood is there tidk 4hiv only with few drops?

Yesterday a man was bleeding he did not aply any bandages I helped him I touched his blood is there tidk 4hiv only with few drops?

Possible: If he had the disease.
If you had an open sore or mucosal contact.
Skin only contact would be unlikely to allow contamination. ...Read more

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Was scrubbing floors and stepped in dried blood. Is there any chance since I walked in it to be worried about contaminating anything else?

No: Any germ that was in the blood was probably killed by the drying. Good idea though always to wear foot protection (at least flip flops) when scrubbing floors. ...Read more

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Hi there I bought a dresser and didn't noticed that there was some kind of brown liquid dried on it looks like blood. Any risk to me as I lifted it?

Dried blood: If it was dried blood, there should be no worry as most organisms cannot survive for that long. In addition if you have no open areas on your body that the blood could come in contact with, there is no portal of entry for pathogens to cause any concern. ...Read more

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Can you get HIV from dried blood?

Can you get HIV from dried blood?

Really no: The danger from this sort of thing is so low that it can't be measured. The HIV virus is a total wimp and dies with the blood cells that carry it. ...Read more

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Could touching dried blood still cause a infection!?

Could touching dried blood still cause a infection!?

Possibly: If the blood is dried and you touched it with intact skin (i.e., no cuts or scrapes that would compromise the barrier), your chance of getting an infection is very, very low. That being said, you should not touch visibly soiled materials (be it with blood, feces, or other bodily efflux) with bare skin. ...Read more

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Can you get HIV from a toilet seat with dried blood on it?

Unlikely: Assuming you don't have any broken skin, it's unlikely for the virus to be transmitted. If the blood is dry, it's also unlikely the virus is still alive. While the situation you're describing sounds unpleasant, I doubt HIV transmission would occur. ...Read more

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I woke up with dried blood in my eardrum what could that be?

I woke up with dried blood in my eardrum what could that be?

Eardrum?: How do you know it is your eardrum? Do you mean at the end of the ear canal where it opens from the inside?
This can occur with trauma? Did you put something in such as a pencil or q tip? Cotton swab?
The other things that come to mind is an external canal ear infection or more likely a ruptured ear drum from infection of the middle ear. See your doc for an exam ...Read more