Anonymous
I went to testing center for my HIV test, my test came back negative.

The nurse used a lancing pen which he uses to every patient, he showed me that he changed the lancet. But when I get home I realized that the tip/ flat end of the pen was in contact with my skin and as well as the other patients. Is there any possibility that there will be blood that will remain in the tip of the device? How many percent of possibility that it will be infected?

my anxiety level are freaking high and I’m scared.

i called the center today and told them my concern, and they told me that’s it’s no risk at all.
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helpline-volunteer
Hi there,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you are asking about possible HIV transmission from a previously used lancing device on other patients.

From the information given, this scenario is determined to be of No Risk (transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario).

Transmission is considered to be of No Risk for the following reasons:

Lancing devices can be quite expensive so it is common for healthcare providers to properly sanitize and clean the device before using it again on a different patient using a different lancet as well. Alcohol is a common disinfectant to use and HIV is very sensitive to substances such as alcohol and will kill the virus (1). Also, any blood on the lancing device would have already been exposed to air and dried the fluid containing the virus, effectively lowering its concentration and integrity (1). In addition, there was no High Risk activity which is a required component of our HIV Transmission Equation in order for transmission to be possible.

Please refer to our HIV Transmission Equation below for more information:

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Recommendation: No need for HIV test with the scenario provided, refer to a healthcare professional for other healthcare related questions.

(1) HIV Resource

Thank you
AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Shawn

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