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Author Topic: Can vacutainer needle be reused?  (Read 475 times)

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Offline Emi

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Can vacutainer needle be reused?
« on: January 30, 2020, 10:48:12 pm »
Hi,
May be my question sounds silly but i am very scared so please help me.few days ago i went for a blood test and i didn't notice phlebotomist to unpack the needle.after blood drawn he recap the neesle and dispose.i fear is what if he mixed used needles with new needles. The lab is telling the vacutainer needles can't be reuse as blood clots inside.my question is 1.can vacutainer needle be reused by mistake? 2 are all needles autodisposable?
I had a finger prick rapid test (3rd gen) on 40 days which came negative.3.how accurate the test is?

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Re: Can vacutainer needle be reused?
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2020, 11:19:37 pm »
These are designed for single-use, and I've already said you should move on with your life, the reason being is you had no HIV risk from getting blood-drawn.

Try to put this irrational fear behind you.

Here's what you need to know in order to avoid HIV infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, every time,no exceptions. Consider starting PrEP as an additional layer of HIV protection going forward

Keep in mind that some sexual practices which may be described as ‘safe’ in terms of HIV transmission might still pose a risk for transmission of other STI's, so please do get fully tested regularly and at least yearly for all STI's including but not limited to HIV and test more frequently if unprotected 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: Can vacutainer needle be reused?
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2020, 02:05:20 am »
Hi
thanks for your quick response.i did the 3rd gen rapid test for hiv on 40 days mark . How accurate is this test? I saw in some website its 95% accurate.can the accuracy varies if blood taken from finger prick?

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Re: Can vacutainer needle be reused?
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2020, 02:36:13 am »
Well considering you had no exposure and hence no risk from this event, any test at anytime or not testing at all would be 100%.

Stop looking for an issue you don't have, if you keep having these fears consider speaking to a therapist to help you cope.  :)

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