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Offline sacinsc

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Cuts and scrapes
« on: October 05, 2007, 11:51:09 PM »
Question, I forgot to ask my doctor this and I am very curious. I am a teacher and the other day I cut my finger in the classroom. It was a small cut and I just immediately put a bandaid on it which covered it and any blood. My question is, is there a product like neosporin or something that I could but on the cut first to make sure there is no possible way that transmission could occur. I am around students and for some reason they like high fives and crap. Just really wondering if such a product exists or if regular soap would work, or that antibactirial hand stuff...that just seems like it would since its for bacteria and not a virus. Any ideas?
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Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: Cuts and scrapes
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2007, 11:57:40 PM »
Matt,

There is absolutely no risk of you being able to transmit the virus to your students through casual contact such as "high fives" or similar, even if you have a cut or a scrape.

It is certainly sensible general hygiene to wash your hands and apply a sterile dressing like a band-aid whenever you do get a cut, however this is not because of the risk of HIV transmission. Soap and water is sufficient, antibacterial solutions are not needed for small wounds.

MtD

Offline sacinsc

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Re: Cuts and scrapes
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2007, 11:08:14 PM »
Thanks dude,

I knew the risk would be like 1 in a billion, but I wanted to check :)

Matt
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Re: Cuts and scrapes
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2007, 11:26:22 PM »
MTD is on the money of course, but for peace of mind (which is priceless) you can buy alcohol-saturated swipes, like ones the nurses use before drawing your blood. You open the little package, swipe the area let it dry a second and put the band aid on. I always have with me a small first aid kit, just to practice good hygene in case of small cuts and such. In it have a bit of everything, including a generic version of neosporin, and you can use that to keep any small cuts clean and from getting infected, but make sure you use just a small amount because it will run a bit and the adhesive of the band aids will not stick properly and fall off. Cheers, J.
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Re: Cuts and scrapes
« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2007, 11:39:09 PM »
Thanks dude,

I knew the risk would be like 1 in a billion, but I wanted to check :)

Matt

Sadly, until there are a billion documented cases of HIV, there is absolutely no way to place a statistical value on such an occurance.

BTW, I recently read about Neosporin. It's basically vaseline with some mild antibiotics thrown it. Sadly, not enough antibiotics to make a difference, unless creating a stronger bacteria is the goal :)

One good thing about Neosporin, however, is that is coats and seals the wound - preventing further contamination. But so does plain old Vaseline, and for a fraction of the cost.

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Offline sacinsc

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Re: Cuts and scrapes
« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2007, 10:37:52 PM »
Thanks guys, I like the idea of the alcohol wipes and band aids being with me at all times, as well as the neosporin to kind seal it in. Luckily I have a three right here. The alcohol wipes are from when i had surgery this summer. They gave them to us to sterilize the area around the gapping hole in my side :)

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Offline Basquo

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Re: Cuts and scrapes
« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2007, 11:09:10 PM »
I'm more concerned about YOU getting something from your students; specifically, I advise washing your hands or using hand sanitizer after the high-fives.  Definitely avoid rubbing your eyes.  For several years after my diagnosis, I shed my germophobia thinking I was definitely not worried about catching something from a toilet seat since I'd gotten the worst already.  But a few staph infections later, and my mom's doctor telling her she probably got pink eye from a grocery cart, I'm back to leery.

Offline sacinsc

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Re: Cuts and scrapes
« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2007, 12:39:10 AM »
Well i am not a germ - o - phob by far. I got a staph infection when i was teaching in a hell school, but the school im in right now...I have rich kids, I know the risk is there but not as bad as that ghetto school from hell i taught one year at and fled like fox being chased by hounds.
March 07 - Negative
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June 07 - Seroconversion
September 07 - CD4 402 VL 118000 25%
October 07 -     CD4 294 VL 124000 22%
November 07 - Norvir, Triuvada and Reyataz
December 07 -  CD4 355 VL  550 .... guess the meds are working.
January 08 - CD4 446 VL <48 undetectable!
April 08 - CD4 554 VL <48 undetectable!
July 08 - CD4 666 VL <48 undetectable! Hporay...I have devil CD4's

Offline Dachshund

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Re: Cuts and scrapes
« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2007, 06:46:04 AM »
Well i am not a germ - o - phob by far. I got a staph infection when i was teaching in a hell school, but the school im in right now...I have rich kids, I know the risk is there but not as bad as that ghetto school from hell i taught one year at and fled like fox being chased by hounds.

Glad you found a school that's a better fit. Wouldn't want filthy ghetto kids making you sick. Funny that, I acquired head lice and a case of pink eye teaching in an exclusive white neighborhood and nary a sniffle from all the years I spent teaching in the hood.

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Re: Cuts and scrapes
« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2007, 06:56:44 AM »
Hi Matt,

It doesn't matter a whit what socio-economic group your kiddies come from, they will still be germ-infested little rug-rats. It just goes with the territory of childhood. The washing/gelling of your hands after direct contact with the little bug-factories isn't so much to do with staph as it is strep (throat) and various cold and flu viruses they have crawling about on their persons.  :)

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Offline sacinsc

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Re: Cuts and scrapes
« Reply #10 on: October 08, 2007, 08:06:50 AM »
Haha, I didnt mean to offend. Ive taught inner city for 4 years! After coming home with migranes everyday, I couldnt take it anymore! I am actually long term subbing right now since I couldnt fnd a job because of my surgery. If anyone knows of a good gig let me know!

I will gel my hands often, its sitting on my desk...trust I want nothing from them! I am taking every immune system vitamin I can lay my hands on at the moment. I always get sick in the fall. Either a cold or sinus infection like clockwork.

I was just really nervous about cutting my hand with all this kids around. And really what happens when it happens and I pull out the surgical sterilzation kit! But eh, my health is more important right now.

Matt
March 07 - Negative
May 07 - Exposed
June 07 - Seroconversion
September 07 - CD4 402 VL 118000 25%
October 07 -     CD4 294 VL 124000 22%
November 07 - Norvir, Triuvada and Reyataz
December 07 -  CD4 355 VL  550 .... guess the meds are working.
January 08 - CD4 446 VL <48 undetectable!
April 08 - CD4 554 VL <48 undetectable!
July 08 - CD4 666 VL <48 undetectable! Hporay...I have devil CD4's

 


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