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Blood on tourniquet
« on: September 28, 2022, 12:25:27 pm »
Hello!

I have a question since Iím freaking out a little bid. Im currently pregnant and donít want to endanger my child.
The assistant drew blood at the office today and they always reuse the tourniquet (normal in the country Iím from). So she touched and closed the tourniquet and then touched my vein with her fingers again. And  immediately right after inserted the needle. It wasnít until after I noticed that there were blood stains on the tourniquet lock that must have been from the previous patient.
IĎm really worried she transferred the blood from my skin into my vein by touching the vein again with unclean gloves. :(

How likely is it that I contracted hiv from this situation?
Im also worried about Hepatitis C.
Thanks!

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Re: Blood on tourniquet
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2022, 12:47:50 pm »
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they always reuse the tourniquet (normal in the country Iím from). So she touched and closed the tourniquet and then touched my vein with her fingers again. And  immediately right after inserted the needle. It wasnít until after I noticed that there were blood stains on the tourniquet lock that must have been from the previous patient. IĎm really worried she transferred the blood from my skin into my vein by touching the vein again with unclean gloves.

Absolutely zero HIV risk.

I wish you all the best with your pregnancy. Not sure how far along you are, but if your pregnancy is already 10+ weeks, remember to get a standard HIV screening.

Here's what you need to know to reduce your HIV risks:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse correctly and consistently, with no exceptions. Consider talking to your healthcare provider about PrEP as an additional layer of protection against HIV

Keep in mind that some sexual practices described as safe in terms of acquiring HIV still pose a risk for other easier acquired STIs. So please do get tested at least yearly for STIs, including but not limited to HIV, and more frequently if condomless intercourse occurs.

Also, note that it is possible to have an STI and show no signs or symptoms, and the only way of knowing is by testing.

Kind regards

Jim

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Re: Blood on tourniquet
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2022, 01:08:55 pm »
Thank you!
But I do have to assume she had that blood on her fingers because she had to close the obvious contaminated tourniquet and touched my vein again..
i got tested at the beginning and I was negative.

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Re: Blood on tourniquet
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2022, 01:12:23 pm »
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But I do have to assume she had that blood on her fingers because she had to close the obvious contaminated tourniquet and touched my vein again..

Not an HIV risk, zero!

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Good and retest after 10+ weeks. Use condoms if sexually active during the pregnancy.
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Re: Blood on tourniquet
« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2022, 01:19:00 pm »
Because of the incident?
Iíve been married for 3 years so I wasnít planning on getting tested again. Do I have to?

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Re: Blood on tourniquet
« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2022, 01:23:03 pm »
Because of the incident?

No there was zero risk from what you posted here about the assistant, tourniquet and blood on fingers etc.

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Iíve been married for 3 years

That's the HIV risk and the reason to test. You are sexually active and pregnant, now, HIV doesn't care about your marital status, and I doubt you keep your partner locked up 24/7, so their past test results if they have any, would mean nothing.

It's also pretty standard and best practice to get tested during pregnancy after ten weeks to check your HIV status because if positive, you can start treatment early and prevent passing it onto the baby.
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