Are you aware of the infectious pathogens found in blood?
Before we move towards a couple of types of pathogens in the human blood, let’s spare a moment and discuss what pathogens are. A pathogen can be any living organism which results in a disease. The human body is full of microbes, but these microbes can only be different if you have a weak immune system. However, the same cannot be said about pathogens. Unlike the microbes in our bodies, a pathogen only needs a host to survive and make the host sick. In the following paragraphs, we will talk about the infectious pathogens found in blood.
Two of the most dangerous pathogens found in human blood are HIV and Hepatitis. As far as Hepatitis is concerned, Hepatitis B and C have the ability to damage your liver, and cause multiple infections. On the other hand, HIV tends to result in HIV/AIDS.
In case you come into contact with a needle that has blood on it, the chances of contracting HBV, HBC and HIV tend to spike considerably. You can also be exposed to such infections if blood containing such pathogens comes into contact with the mucus membrane or a cut on your skin. A mucus membrane is a moist part of your body, which is exposed.
Let’s explore some more facts regarding Hepatitis and HIV.
HIV can also be transmitted from one person to another through bodily fluids such as vaginal fluids, placenta, semen, and breast milk.
- The HIV virus stays in the body and continues to destroy your immune system.
- With a weak immune system, you are more prone to falling prey to other infections.
- With timely treatment, things can get better.
- A long term infection is common among individuals who are exposed to Hepatitis C. If left untreated, these people can also fall prey to liver failure, as time passes.
- In most cases, Hepatitis B doesn’t need much medical attention, and tends to get better on its own. However, in some people, it never gets better and leads to liver damage.
- In the case of Hepatitis B and C, there aren’t too many symptoms, especially during the first 2 to 6 months. Some people are even asymptomatic (show no symptoms).
What If You Are Exposed?
- If you come into contact with a needle or other sharp item containing blood, make sure you keep the needle or sharp item to be tested.
- Seek medical support as quickly as possible and safely take the item with unknown blood source with you to be tested.
Cleaning Up Potentially Dangerous Blood and Bodily Fluids
For personal safety, cleaning up potentially contaminated bodily fluids is best left to professionals like Service Team of Professionals (STOP). STOP follows specific precautions, equipment, and EPA approved products to remove the infectious materials such as blood.
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