Anonymous
Hello,

I was drawing a patient with a 23 gauge butterfly needle. As I was switching the tubes my finger got caught on the tubing of the butterfly needle, which caused the needle to come out of the patients vein. The needle grazed my left index finger when this occurred. I took my gloves off to see if it broke skin and it did just a tiny bit. I immediately washed my hands and the site thoroughly. I didn't report it, which I know I probably should have, but I'm a super paranoid person and am wondering if I should get tested.
I read that the odds of getting HIV from a needle stick are less than 1%, but I'm still worried.
I appreciate any help and insight you can give. Thank you.
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Anonymous
Hello and thanks for reaching out to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

It seems you are concerned that you might have been infected with HIV from a needle graze. We are glad to provide some information.

For HIV to transmit through a wound or broken skin the wound has to be so deep that it requires stitches or the penetration of the needle must be deep that it has direct contact with your blood stream. This does not seem to be the case with the incident you described. We do not think there is any risk. However at Aids Vancouver we encourage people to use HIV testing as a regular health maintenance routine. This means getting tested once or twice a year. This will provide you with peace of mind.

The Aids Vancouver Helpline Online forum has postings that are related to your question that you can read for additional information. If you have any further questions feel free to contact us again.

Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

In health

Lawrence

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

helpline.aidsvancouver.org
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