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abaut chances of hiv infection

i will post the incident kindly help

once i was doing dressing of terminally ill orthopedic patient,which later i learnt to be HIV positive or might have aids as looking his condition i feel he will die soon...on this patient anesthesia doctor are taking spinal fluid sample...after that i have to do dressing of his back..below thoracic vertebra his back is completely wounded..the spine was visible...and on the either side of spine there is big depression with tissue appearing yellow probably due to previous dressings..wound was dressed once every week....i had put my latex gloves pair(single)...anaesthesia doctor able to draw sample of spinal after 1/2 hours...as the incident is in summer ..it was very hot ..i develope sweating and the gloves start sticking my hand...after the doctor took sample of spinal fluid ..i started dressing...in one of the wound depression there was a clear fluid like water..abaut 20-30 ml...which i have to drain using guaze ...as i took guaze and dipped into it....i felt very cold in my fingers ...now i fear the fluid which might contain virus .......might have pass through latex gloves and exposed to fingers and  my nail dipped into it....after draining fluid as i remeber i have removed gloves.. i didnt notice any such fluid but little bit sweat on hand and finger..but i cant clearly remember...thereafter sanitized my hands(might not be properly) and put of other gloves as these are wet...and started my dressing and completed it...now my query is if this fluid really pass through gloves or i just felt temperature inside gloves?....if this fluid pass through the gloves and entered into nails is there any chance of infection through contaminated fluid...after completing dressing i again sanitize my hand (might not be properly)...after few hours i ate with my hand ...is there any chances that contaminated fluid traces from nails along with food enter into my mouth and cause infection? kindly help in above two queries.....thank you...
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Your situation involves personal contact with an object in air  (gloves, hands etc. which is not a risk for hiv. No worries, because you can't get hiv from personal contact except unprotected penetrating vaginal or anal, neither of which you did and you didn't share hollow needles to inject with which is the only other way to acquire hiv. Analysis of large numbers of infected people over the 40 years of hiv history has proven that people don't get hiv in the way you are worried is a risk.
HIV is a fragile virus in air or saliva and is effectively instantly dead in either air or saliva so the worst that could happen is dead virus rubbed you, and obviously anything which is dead cannot live again so you are good. Blood and cuts would not be relevant in your situation since the hiv has become effectively dead, so you don't have to worry about them to be sure that you are safe.
There is no need to sanitize gloves that touch hiv.
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I meant that as far as hiv prevention goes, there is no need to sanitize gloves that touch hiv. Follow hospital protocols to avoid other diseases.
your comment gives me lot of relief.....i didnt sanitize gloves but hands after removing wet gloves......you haven"t answer my one query...what are chances of hiv if  contaminated fluid through nails gaps(nail bed)...as discussion on this topic i havent seen anywhere....kindly through some light on this... thank you so much for earlier responce.
There is air everywhere that you are worried about.  As I mentioned that is no risk.
More importantly for you when you wonder about risks, is that the 40 year old science has proven there are only 3 risks so because you didn't do any of the 3 there is no need to worry about any others that you can think of.  
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I have to fully agree.  This is not a risk for HIV.  I think if you are in the day to day job of caring for people though, it would be important to learn proper usage or protective wear, proper steps to take if you have an issue and want to inquire about it with your manager, and management of your own anxiety.  If you tend to worry a lot, this  may not be the best job for you.  Treating anxiety is important.  The only ways adults get HIV is from unprotected vaginal or anal sex or sharing of IV drug needles.  Needle sticks do not cause transmission.  That is different than injectable needles.
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