Anonymous
I really appreciate your response and I thank you for that.

I just wanted to know one thing, you said if it was old blood then there is no risk. I really hope so.

But what if the person who drew my blood actually had fresh blood from his fingers that he intentionally put on the cotton just before placing it on my arm after taking out the syringe. I know its stupid of me to think this way and why would anyone want to do this but i just cant help imagining things.

When you say that the virus dies very quickly on being exposed to air in like seconds, but would a couple of seconds be enough to make it ineffective. As in does it maybe survive for like say 10 seconds but cannot infect like almost immedietly.

I dont know why do I think so much, but it is making me very worried. This has been affecting my life in a very big way.




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Anonymous
Hello, thank you for contacting AIDS Vancouver again, and I am happy for help answer your question.

I am not able to find your previous question as these posts are anonymous, so I will be answering your questions based on the information you have given to me here.

It seems that you worried about the risk of acquiring HIV when you had your blood sample taken because you suspect that the person who drew your blood had blood on his fingers before he touched the cotton that was used on your arm. It seems that we have provided you this information already, but I would like to clarify again that the HIV virus cannot survive outside the body, and cannot be passed on after exposure to air. Your experience has no risk of acquiring HIV, so I hope that this information will help you have a peace of mind.

However if these worries are distressing you, the only way for you to be sure of your HIV status is through testing. If you would like to know more about testing please visit our website at: http://www.aidsvancouver.org and if you are living in Canada, here is a site where you can find HIV testing sites near your location: https://aso411.ca/

I hope that we were able to help you again.

All the best,

Risa, Helpline Volunteer
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