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Author Topic: Risk of HIV infection due to blood test at STI/GUM clinic  (Read 1150 times)

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Offline mr11

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Risk of HIV infection due to blood test at STI/GUM clinic
« on: January 18, 2013, 04:27:54 PM »
Hello Doctor,

I have had my HIV test done at GUM clinic by NHS UK. The results were negative.

I am worried about the incident happend while the nurse took my blood sample

Nurse applied the Alcohol wipe and did he needle prick to collect the blood. Removed the needle and asked me to press the prick with cotton like thing I think they call it cotton gauge.

She then checked if blood was stopped hence applied the sticking band aid and asked me to lower my sleeve.

And started doing the official work like verifying by number birth date etc

I realised I was still bleeding and there was some blood down my arm. So she pressed the prick with her gloves on from top of the Band-Aid and then asked me to press it while she brought some more cotton gauge (form an open cardboard box from her shelf which had more than one Gauge)to clean the blood.

She cleaned my Arm with the gauge removed the band aid and then checked if more blood and wiped blood from the prick with the gauge which she used to clean the blood on my hand.

Then applied the band aid and assured me non infection has gone in as the blood was coming out.

2. The needle was brand new

3. Not sure if the gloves she was wearing was new as she was already wearing them when she called my name for blood test.

4. Not sure of cotton gauge used to clean blood on my arm if that was clean /uninfected.

Please advise do I have a chance of any STI infection from this episode.(HIV, Hepatise etc.)


Offline RapidRod

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Re: Risk of HIV infection due to blood test at STI/GUM clinic
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2013, 06:06:28 PM »
Not a risk. HIV is unable to reproduce outside its living host (unlike many bacteria or fungi, which may do so under suitable conditions), except under laboratory conditions; therefore, it does not spread or maintain infectiousness outside its host.


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