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Q. After blood splashed in my eye, I have runny nose and throat irritation. Should I be worried?

Answered by
Dr. Kakkar
and medically reviewed by Dr. Sneha Kannan
This is a premium question & answer published on Sep 16, 2020 and last reviewed on: Mar 05, 2021

Hi doctor,

Recently, I had a blood splash in my eyes twice last week. I have done tests for HIV, HBsAg, and HCV. All the results came back negative. Today, I have a running nose with a bit of throat irritation. It disappears after drinking fluids. Should I be worried about this exposure?

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Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

You can know that even having an accidental exposure to potentially infectious fluids with intact mucous membrane can transmit HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), hepatitis B, and hepatitis C and the risk is low. Having negative results for viral markers is a good thing. I advise you screen yourself at four weeks from the last exposure as there is a theoretical possibility of these patients to be in their window period at the time of the tests.

Thank you doctor,

Is there a risk for me to be infected by this exposure?

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Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

There is a very low risk even if the patients were infectious.


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