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Offline Worried Wife

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HIV From Blood Test?
« on: April 08, 2008, 07:37:28 PM »
This will probably sound far fetched but here goes...

I had blood taken for a blood test.  The nurse washed her hands, used gloves etc and new equipment.  The only thing that she did wrong was forget to use the alcohol wipe on my arm before putting the needle in.

I am worried that I may have been exposed to HIV somehow due to this.  For example, if I touched something in the waiting room that had blood on it and then transferred it to my arm or when I used the pen to sign a form that it had blood on it and I folded my arms or something and transferred someones blood onto my arm.   Then when she put the needle in it pushed the HIV virus into my vein.

As I said I know it sounds far fetched but I am really worried about this.  Do I need to be tested? Is there a risk?

Thanks in anticipation...

Worried Wife

Offline anniebc

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Re: HIV From Blood Test?
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2008, 07:57:56 PM »
No you do not need to test and there is absolutely no risk involved..please read the Welcome Thread and follow the lessons on how HIV is and is not transmitted.

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Offline Worried Wife

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Re: HIV From Blood Test?
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2008, 08:01:30 PM »
THanks,

I know you guys dont like What Ifs?  (especially Andy from reading other posts) but I think the way that my mind works is that theoretically there is a risk (no matter how low) and thats what has me worried.

Worried Wife

Offline anniebc

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Re: HIV From Blood Test?
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2008, 08:10:12 PM »
Trust me this is not a low risk situation..this is a NO risk situation.

Jan
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Offline Andy Velez

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Re: HIV From Blood Test?
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2008, 09:02:23 PM »
Your mind is just playing games with you about this situation. It is a slippery road to go down. This is all conjecture on your part. Jan has responded to you -- and by the way she was a nurse for many years.

It isn't so much that I don't like what ifs. They are pointless, destructive and ultimately unanswerable because it's all conjecture and nothing based in solid information or facts. Get my drift?

You are worrying needlessly is what I am saying.   
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Offline Worried Wife

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Blood on Package
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2008, 01:24:16 AM »
I cant believe this...

I already have a fear of blood/HIV and then this happens today -

A courier delivered a package to me.  He passed me the receipt and had me sign his copy.

I have gone out later to get the box from outside and there is blood on it! 

I am now panicking that there may have been blood on the pen he handed me. 
My hands are intact but what if I put my hand in my mouth or touched my children after?

I am in a complete mess about this.  Please help.

Thanks, EXTREMELY Worriedwife...

Offline anniebc

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Re: HIV From Blood Test?
« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2008, 03:12:58 AM »
Ok you have to stop this now..first of all infected blood has to get into the blood stream, even if the pen was covered in fresh blood intact skin offers you perfect protection..HIV dies within seconds once outside the body rendering it harmless...you need to educate yourself..did you even read the lessons on here how HIV is and is not transmitted like I asked you to?..if you did then you will know how silly all this is.

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Offline Worried Wife

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Re: HIV From Blood Test?
« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2008, 04:38:38 PM »
Yes i have read it as well as every other possible source of info available!

I worry that if i put my finger in my mouth or  eye i could have transferred hiv that way. 


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Re: HIV From Blood Test?
« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2008, 05:11:19 PM »
Worried,

You didn't have a risk. Even if there was blood, and even if it came from an hiv positive individual, you weren't at risk even if you stuck your finger in your eye or mouth.

Hiv is a very fragile virus that is transmitted INSIDE the human body, as in unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse. Once it is outside the body, it quickly becomes damaged and unable to infect.

Perhaps it's time to seek out a counselor to help you get over these far-fetched hiv fears. We cannot help you with that here.

If you've read the Welcome Thread like you're supposed to, along with reading through the Transmission Lesson (linked to in that thread), you will have hopefully read the posting guidelines, including the following:

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Anyone who continues to post excessively, questioning a conclusive negative result or no-risk situationa, will be subject to a four week Time Out (a temporary ban from the Forums). If you continue to post excessively after one Time Out, you may be given a second Time Out which will last eight weeks. There is no third Time Out - it is a permanent ban. The purpose of a Time Out is to encourage you to seek the face-to-face help we cannot provide on this forum.

Please consider yourself warned.

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