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Author Topic: Possible to get infected from re-used gloves?  (Read 359 times)

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Offline Silentclock15

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Possible to get infected from re-used gloves?
« on: September 22, 2020, 12:49:41 pm »
Perhaps im being paranoid but would like to know what the chances are of getting infected through re-used gloves.

Went to get my blood drawn and when the nurse walked in, she was already wearing gloves.

She took the needle out of the package, took some gauze, and placed them on a table.

The thing that threw me off was she then threw out her gloves and put on a fresh pair of gloves.

Even though she put on new gloves after, she already touched everything with the original gloves she had on (the needle and gauze), when she first walked in.

What are the chances that the gloves could have been soiled and spread infection?  (My blood draw didnt go too well and blood got everywhere.

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Re: Possible to get infected from re-used gloves?
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2020, 01:10:12 pm »
Hiya,

No it's not possible, what you posted was no HIV risk to you whatsoever. Relax and move on with your life.

Here's what you need to know to avoid HIV infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, every time, no exceptions. Consider talking to your healthcare provider about 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: Possible to get infected from re-used gloves?
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2020, 01:17:36 pm »
Thank you for the info sir.

Is it because the virus dies when exposed to air?

Always thought it was possible with fresh wounds.

I suppose im being overly paranoid. :-[

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Re: Possible to get infected from re-used gloves?
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2020, 01:25:04 pm »
Hiya,

Fresh wounds? It would be a theoretical risk if you had been in a knife fight with the nurse and the two of you were bleeding half to death directly into each other wounds. That did not happen and in that unlikely event HIV would be the least of your concerns.

Look what you are fearing is day to day environmental contact and there has never been a documented case of HIV transmission the way you fear.

There are many reasons why this type of contact is not a concern, only one is that HIV is fragile and the receptors needed to infect corrode once exposed outside the human body.

I see you have been posting the same question on another forum, I don't have much to add.
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