[Question #6136] HIV risk

18 months ago
While injecting xylocaine to block the wrist., splash of xylocaine from syringe needle junction while injecting get into my eyes., is their any risk for hiv
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
18 months ago
Welcome back to the Forum.  The sort of splash you describe would involve lidocaine in the syringe used for the block which would NOT be contaminated with blood.  It is a totally no risk event.  No reason for concern, no reason for testing.

I note that this is your 3rd post in the past month regarding very low to no risk events.  Please understand that HIV is transmitted ONLY by direct, unprotected sexual contact or direct injection of infected materials deep into tissue.  Other sorts of casual contact and exposure typically is a virtually no risk event.  EWH
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18 months ago
Ya I know I am suffering from ocd
But through eyes can hiv infection occur 
As I do  surgery daily and some times blood enters into eyes  due to splash while reduction of bones...is there any reported case for that
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
18 months ago
As I suspect you know, this is your OCD, not a realistic risk.  No, there are no reports that I am aware of reporting HIV acquisition from a splash occurring in a clinical setting.  I recommend you work to address your OCD, not worry about this.  EWH---