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If you step on broken glass or a dirty needle outside in a park what are the chances of getting blood born viruses like hepatitus or hiv?

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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice
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In brief: Viral infection risk

It is well known that hepatitis c in this setting is much more likely to still be contagious.
Hiv is more fragile and does not survive well outside of a body or on inanimate objects. If you have an injury like this it is wise to get into a good expert physician rapidly.

In brief: Viral infection risk

It is well known that hepatitis c in this setting is much more likely to still be contagious.
Hiv is more fragile and does not survive well outside of a body or on inanimate objects. If you have an injury like this it is wise to get into a good expert physician rapidly.
Dr. Robert Killian
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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease

In brief: Depends

On how long the blood has been there and whether or not it has dried.
Both HIV and the hepatitis viruses will not live very long outside the body. They require living cells for their own survival, so if the blood has dried, been subjected to changes in temperature and other conditions it is unlikely to present a threat. Best is to be tested or prophylaexed if there is any question.

In brief: Depends

On how long the blood has been there and whether or not it has dried.
Both HIV and the hepatitis viruses will not live very long outside the body. They require living cells for their own survival, so if the blood has dried, been subjected to changes in temperature and other conditions it is unlikely to present a threat. Best is to be tested or prophylaexed if there is any question.
Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff
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