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LAst week I was in a public restroom and upon leaving the stall to wash my hands I realized I had blood smeared on my hand that was not mine.my question is if there are any health risks if the blood came in conact with the toilet paper I used or if my hand touched my body while wiping.The skin on my hand was intact but chapped due to the cold weather.
My training as a coach was that there is always a possibility for blood born pathogens on contact with blood. I have Hep C and it is the number 1 infectious disease. according to the CDC. I won't have my nails done publicly because it is easy to transfer and hard to just wipe off. NOt to freak you out but I hope you washed with soap and water for at least 3 versions of happy birthday. Only blood work will tell in time. Hopefully it is nothing. I always wear gloves on all blood accidents from little children, bloody noses or injuries. Carry them in my car and have one in my purse in a baggie. Some might think over reacting...I teach health and I say PREVENTION!
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