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HIV infection from home based test



A few days ago I bought a HIV kit. there is a needle in the pack. I pierced my finger with that needle and put my blood in the kit. I'm afraid the needle was infected with the virus. Is it possible to get HIV and hepatitis with needle?


Hello and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver helpline.

I understand that you are asking if there is a risk of acquiring HIV from a home-based self administered HIV test.

At AIDS Vancouver, we do not recommend the use of home testing kits, as there is no opportunity for counselling, and these tests can yield false results.

There could only be a risk of HIV transmission in this scenario if the test kit was used previously by another person who is HIV positive. Assuming that you bought this kit new, and that it came in its original packaging, it is extremely unlikely that this is the case.

You do not mention what activity led you to pursue HIV testing in the first place, but if you are still concerned about this we would recommend that you receive a fourth generation HIV test administered by a healthcare professional. Fourth-generation HIV tests can detect HIV infection in 50% of people by 18 days after infection; 95% of people by 34 days after infection; and 99% of people by one and a half months after infection (1)

Regards, AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Dyson