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Glucose Blood Test and HIV

Question: 

I was doing a glucose blood test and after I finished with the procedure I went to take out the little needle that was in the pen device and I accidentally stuck myself I did not bleed and I was wear gloves. I am unaware of this person has HIV or anything else blood related that is transmittable. Am I at risk? Should I go and get tested?

Answer: 

Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about acquiring HIV through a needle stick injury. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be Low Risk (Evidence of transmission occurs through these activities when certain conditions are met).

The scenario mentioned above does meet the three components of the transmission equation. The three components of the transmission equation are bodily fluid, risky activity, and direct access to the bloodstream (1). The blood taken in the needle and poked into your skin satisfies the transmission equation. A person being stuck could have the potential risk if the needle is contaminated with HIV positive bodily fluid (2). This is a risk for health care workers (2).

Recommendation: Refer to Physician for HIV test.

Regards,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Danielle