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Arrested a criminal bleeding from the nose, small cut on handcuffing. Chances of contracting HIV?

Hi, I am a police officer and 2 days ago I was assisting in arresting a male who was very drunk and had been hit in the face and bleeding from his nose . There was blood on his clothes and during the scuffle to handcuff him I got a small cut on my finger . What are the chances I could have caught anything such as HIV from this? I believe it s very small but wanted reassurance. Thanks.
Asked On : Thu, 19 Jul 2012
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hi..the chances are less... i think the best thing you can do is to check the arrested persons blood for HIV and HBsAg(for hepatitis B)... if there is a strong suspiscion conult a doctor and start on prophylactic anti retroviral medications
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