Anonymous
Hello there,
I was doing a My biannual Hiv, hep c, blood testing here in the Caribbean where I live. The nice lady was in the middle of drawing my blood, the needle was in my arm still and blood was flowing into the tube nicely when she untied the turner kit and it accidently fell directly onto the where the needle was in my arm/vein. She couldn't jerk to move it right away as I assume she didn't want to startle me or hurt me with the needle which was still in my vein. The tie off/turner kit was made of material/cloth which they reuse here, and not the rubber ones which they throw away in the states. It was a dark blue colour so I couldn't see if it had any previous blood on it. Now I'm concerned about it contaminating the outside of my needle while it was in my arm still with hiv or hep c from a previous blood draw patient. I voiced my concerns at the time and she did apologize. It was just a mistake, which I understand, things happen. But I just want to make sure that I'm not at risk for hiv or hep c now. I hope I have described the scenario accurately enough and I look forward to hearing back from you. Thank you for doing what you do, and thank you for your time!
Take good care
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Anonymous
Hi there and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Online Helpline.

There is no risk of HIV from the tourniquet used to tie off your arm touching the site where your blood was drawn. When HIV in bodily fluids (such as blood) is exposed to the air it becomes non-transmissible. Any blood or other bodily fluid that may have been on the tourniquet would have been exposed to the air and would not contain transmissible HIV.

Also, good for you for getting regular testing! Keep it up and don`t let this experience scare you away.

For more information about HIV you can always visit the AIDS Vancouver website or CATIE.ca.

I hope this information helps to answer your questions.

Isla (Volunteer)

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