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I am a lab worker. During work, i think a spec of dried

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I am a lab worker. During work, i think a spec of dried blood that was sitting inside the centrifuge inserts might have gone in to my eye as i was cleaning it. I am worried aboout it and wanted your advice. The specs can be seen in the photo.

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Eye protection by spectacles is standard precaution in lab workers. Any dried blood speck will be free of virus as they do not survive dryness.

You must have had hepatitis B vaccine already and may get periodically tested for hiv.

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Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Dear Dr,
Thank you for your reply. As a lab worker i always wear my goggles to protect my eyes when handling specimens. At that specific moment, i was not handling any samples. I held one of the centrifuge inserts upside down and some dried blood specs as seen in the photo fell out of it. I have had all my hep vaccinations up to date. I got really worried if the dried blood contained any active hiv virus this is why i wrote to you. I only got tested for hiv a month ago as a standard routine which i do every year and was negative. Because of this incident that only happened a couple of days ago should i get tested again? From what you told me the virus is dead in dry blood so i should be ok... i just need reasurrance because i am really worried and stressed over this.
Thabk you again.
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
I just wanted to clarify that as i was not handling samples at the time of the incident i did not have my goggles on and this is why i got so scared for possible infection from dried blood. Any other time i always wear my protective specs.

Thanks. Yes you are safe.