Anonymous
Hi Vancouver Aids team,

I contacted you in past and had very good advises.

I went to one of HIV testing center and had test there with negative results. However, I am concerned on one issue, Initially I was given Oraquick; about 15 minutes later after test started I asked tester if they do finger prick test and he said yes. I requested for finger prick test and he gave that test too.

Now issue is he was filling out paper work with PEN and same pen he was giving to people to sign papers. I wonder if pen has blood on it from any previous person and that blood came in contact with tester gloves. With those Gloves he pricked my finger and then later cleaned it. Should I be worried about this incident?
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Anonymous
Hi there,

Thank you for reaching out to AIDS Vancouver, I'm happy to address your concern.

It's great that you have contacted us in the past, and went to get tested. Good for you, and congratulations on your negative test.

In regards to your question about the pen you used to sign the papers: it's important to know that HIV cannot live outside of the body, when it is exposed to air, it dies and becomes unable to be transmitted to another person. This means that HIV cannot survive on objects, surfaces, or materials (such as a pen or gloves). That being said, you should not be worried about acquiring HIV by using a pen that might have been handled by an HIV positive person!

I hope you learned something new today. Please visit for more information.

All the best,

Leila

AIDS Vancouver

Helpline Volunteer

604-253-0566 ext 299

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