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Thursday, September 18, 2014
HIV and AIDS
Am I At Risk Of Contracting HIV From Dermatitus?
Do you think I would be at risk of contracting HIV or Hepatitus C working as a paramedic if I have infrequent cases of finger dermatitus? These outbreaks are very easily treated within 48 hours by using creams and are largley preventable! I would also be wearing gloves while treating patients! A consultant Dermatologist I saw doesn`t see any significant risks, but my ambulance service doctor seems worried!
If you are wearing gloves and do not receive needlestick injuries, you are at low risk for acquiring these viral infections.
Pamposh Kaul, MD
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati