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Accident, scratches on hand with light bleeding, stranger tried to clean it with cloth. Chances of HIV or hepatitis contraction?

Dear sir its will be very helpful if u answer my question that has created lots of anxiety and stress yesterday i met an accident where i got some scratches on my hand . which was bleeding slightly one man tried to clean it with cloth ( towel or something )cloth touch my cut or wound . Is there i any chance of getting HIV or hepatitis b .that man might have used that cloth to remove sweat or body fluids . i had applied alcohol and disinfectant on my cut and taken tetanus injections thanks regards Devanshu Jaiswal
Asked On : Mon, 8 Oct 2012
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Hi Devanshu,

Getting HIV infection through this kind of route is almost nil unless the bleeding was heavy and the cloth used to clean it was soaked with fresh blood.

Please relax; HIV does not stay alive longer in the outside environment. I do not think you will get HIV or Hepatitis B like this.

I hope to have answered your query.

Answered: Tue, 9 Oct 2012
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