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Author Topic: Worried about hiv testing the way the nurse "pull and push" the syringe.  (Read 1102 times)

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Offline stopthemadness

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Hi counselors

Im worried about the way the nurse drew blood from my arm.

She pull the plunger but halfway through it push in slowly then pull again then another push then pull again. Is this the proper way of drawing blood using a syringe. I requested for a vacutainer but its not available.

My mind is playing tricks on me. What if the syringe was not new? How many minutes hiv blood  is still vialble inside the syringe?

Im worried about this because of the nevada endoscopy incident that reuses syringe to save money that got patients infected with hep c.
« Last Edit: June 11, 2013, 03:05:51 AM by stopthemadness »

Offline jkinatl2

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Well, considering the validity of the recent events, I understand your concern (even if I don't share it). You had - and have - the right to get up and leave if a clinic cannot meet your needs re: using a vacutainer instead of the "traditional" syringe.

The chances of any infectious particles remaining viable in the vacutainer are, of course, low. It would have to been used almost immediately beforehand - and  infectious fluids would have to have been pulled into the needle. I believe that is why, given the numbers of patients seen in the clinic you cite, there were so few infections.

Obviously the risk for Hep C is LEAGUES beyond the minuscule risk for HIV in the very worst case scenario.  But if it is going to weigh on your mind, you might see what can be gained from further communication with the clinic, or investigating it yourself.

However, please understand that it is almost certain that you are being paranoid over this incident. And if that bears true, then perhaps counseling would be in order to allow you to freely partake in the somewhat scattershot healthcare we offer in this country.


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Offline stopthemadness

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Next time i go to a blood test i will bring my own vacutainer.

Regarding syringe was that normal after inserting to the vein, pull and if little blood you push or is the vacuum in the syringe automatically doing the push and not the nurse?

You mean by used immediately: Drawing infectious blood and injecting it right away?

How about syringe that has been use and lying in the clinic for hours not anymore viable?

But i remember the syringe was sealed in plastic wrap. I think my mind is playing tricks.



Offline jkinatl2

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Next time i go to a blood test i will bring my own vacutainer.

Regarding syringe was that normal after inserting to the vein, pull and if little blood you push or is the vacuum in the syringe automatically doing the push and not the nurse?

You mean by used immediately: Drawing infectious blood and injecting it right away?

How about syringe that has been use and lying in the clinic for hours not anymore viable?

But i remember the syringe was sealed in plastic wrap. I think my mind is playing tricks.




I think your mind is, indeed.

Your other questions are only academically valid, and I think you and I are both aware that this is a no risk situation.

"Many people, especially in the gay community, turn to oral sex as a safer alternative in the age of AIDS. And with HIV rates rising, people need to remember that oral sex is safer sex. It's a reasonable alternative."

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Offline stopthemadness

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This is my last post and i wanted to understand the science of transmission.

1.) I have been reading that the infectious fluid of a womans vagina is deep inside at the cervic. What if you have fingers long like a penis would there be a risk?

2.) Is receiving oral sex the same like kissing?

3.) Has it been done in a laboratory setting hiv fluid put on a broken skin of a monkey and transmission not possible?

Thank you counselors.


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Stop,

1. Hiv can only infect a very few, very specific types of cells and these cells are NOT found on the surface of the skin, nor are they found in shallow cuts, nicks, scrapes, hangnails or any other boo-boos you may get on your fingers.

These cells ARE found in the lining of the urethra (the hole where you pee from) and on the inner portion of the foreskin - the part that is hidden when the foreskin is covering the head of the penis. If you don't have a foreskin, you don't need to worry about this.

2. Yes. Saliva is NOT infectious therefore neither kissing nor getting blown are hiv risks.

3. Are you a monkey in a laboratory setting? Thought not. Get real. Hiv transmission doesn't happen IN REAL LIFE to HUMANS in any of the ways you're fretting about.

In adults, hiv is transmitted through:

Unprotected anal intercourse.

Unprotected vaginal intercourse.

Sharing drug injecting equipment.

And that's IT.

Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, and do not share drug injecting equipment, and you will avoid hiv infection. IT REALLY IS THAT SIMPLE!!!

Ann
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