[Question #2310] bacterial std non sexual transmission

46 months ago
hi is it possible get a bacterial std such as chlamydia or ghonorrea from the blood of an infected person. In this case from a severe laceration and the blood getting in the other persons mouth and an open wound. thanks
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
46 months ago
Welcome to the forum. Thanks for your question.

The blood borne STDs, like HIV and hepatitis B, can be transmitted by blood exposure, although very rarely from events like that described -- for practical purposes, only through transfusion of infected blood or, most commonly, by shared drug injection equipment. In theory syphilis can be transmitted by blood exposure, but this is extremely rare; I'm not aware of any such cases in the US for the past 50 years. All other STDs -- gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes, HPV and others -- are not carried in the blood and not transmitted by blood exposure.

I hope these comments are helpful. Let me know if anything isn't clear.

HHH, MD

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