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I ended up getting a small amount of someone's blood on my finger today - the part of my finger was raw from a hangnail/had a small tear in the skin (no blood from me). It was probably there for 2-3 minutes. When I put rubbing alcohol on it (wanted to really clean it), I felt stinging in the area where the small tear was. That indicates to me that it was "broken skin."

What is my risk for contracting a communicable disease from this? I initially was not worried, but now I am. [Frown]

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Robin Lee
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Hi Sunsetbaby,

This really is a medical question, one that it would be soundest for you to consult a healthcare provider about.

Do you have a healthcare provider you see for regular check-ups or when you're sick? If so, you can give them a call and see if someone can answer your question over the phone.

Bare in mind, since no one can know i


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