Anonymous

I am an health professional. I feel like I am being very paranoid about this situation.
I was involved in the care of a patient who had just gotten out of surgery. There were copious amounts of blood all over the bed. I had to insert an X-ray plate behind his back. I double gloved and performed what I need to.
When I left the patient and got back to my own department. I knocked one of the gloves on the counter corner. The one glove ripped, but the other glove did not appear to have a hole in it. I did not notice any blood present on the gloves. My thumb did not appear to have any visible cuts, but my skin was dry and chapped a bit. Could this present a risk for HIV? I feel like I am over reacting, but it has weighed very heavy on my mind.
Thank you.
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Anonymous
Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for you HIV/AIDS related health information.

It sounds like you are concerned about you are concerned about your risk of HIV transmission after having ripped your glove when dealing with a patient.

The situation that you have described is a No Risk situation. Here are some of the reasons why:

* HIV is a Human-to-Human virus. It cannot be transmitted to you by an object, such as a glove.

* HIV needs a human host to survive. Once HIV is outside of the body and exposed to oxygen it can no longer transmit.

* HIV needs direct access to your bloodstream in order to transmit. There was no direct access to your bloodstream.

I would encourage you to check out the following resources about HIV:

  • HIV Basics


  • Risk Assessment Chart


  • Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

    Hilary


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