Anonymous
I went to get some blood work done about 7 days ago. The health care professional did not wear gloves when she drew the blood from me. After she had drawn my blood, she accidently touched my pricked wound. My pricked wound had a tiny amount of blood on it, the amount of blood you would have on your skin when you are pricked with a pin or needle. Would there be a risk of infection if the nurse had some dried hiv blood on her finger that was used to accidently wipe against my wound that had my blood on it? Can dried hiv blood get into the bloodstream in this manner? Can it get into the bloodstream via such a small tiny wound??? Please provide a reply, I am highly stressed. Thank you.
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Anonymous
Hey there!

It sounds like you're concerned about your recent experience getting blood taken. Thanks for reaching out to us at AIDS Vancouver. I trust I'll be able to answer your questions.

Based on what you've told me you did not experience a risk of acquiring HIV. The virus is actually quite weak and can't be passed on once exposed to air. While we do our best to not encourage 'what if' scenarios, I will tell you this means that a small amount of dried blood does not put you at risk.

If you'd like to contact your health care centre, they will likely be happy to answer any questions you have regarding safety procedures.

Let us know if there's anything else we can do for you!

Jeremy

AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
E-mail: helpline@aidsvancouver.org
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