Is It Possible To Transmit HIV Through Injected Cotton?

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.. r n If we ever held a cotton swab where the injection was used for HIV blood checks but on the cotton there was a little blood, do you think it will be infected or not?

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Basically, HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) can be transmitted through contact with body fluids, such as blood, semen, vaginal fluids, anal fluids, and breast milk. Even so, the possibility of transmission through cotton swabs used by the blood check injection is very, very small, even almost impossible for several reasons:

HIV cannot live long outside the body Injection used cotton usually contains alcohol which will kill HIV The amount of blood on the cotton swab is fairly small You hold the cotton with intact finger skin (there is no wound), and do not apply the cotton to the mucosa of the body (such as the skin that covers the eyelids, inside of the nose, vagina, or anus) If you are a health worker (including laboratory personnel) or work in a health facility, then you will usually be asked to take standardized precautions according to the policy where you work for prevention of HIV transmission, for example by using gloves when handling or cleaning items contaminated with blood. Take these precautions to reduce your risk of contracting HIV or other infectious diseases. If you are not a health worker or do not work in a health facility, then you should not touch certain objects that are contaminated with blood. If you have to handle the object, make sure you use other safeguards (for example, gloves or plastic), and make sure you don't handle objects contaminated with blood with hands that have open wounds. Also make sure you wash your hands with soap afterward.

Here is an article that you can read about how HIV is transmitted

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