I went to laboratory to do a conclusive hiv test(3 months) on 17th of September 2018 after the last protected sex I had on 1 July 2018. But When I got to the lab that day the lab girl wore a dirty handglove to gently massage my thumb before piercing it with finger prick needle. And I suspected she might have used the handglove on previous people before me. After the rapid finger prick hiv test it came out negative.

2weeks later I had a diarrhea for a day and that made me to go back to the lab girl to complain to her that I might have contacted an infection by that massaging of my thumb with dirty handglove she did before pricking my thumb but she insisted she didn't use a dirty handglove on me. After about 3weeks after the incident I started having rashes on my chest, shoulder & back and I went for widal test they said I have typhoid though I wasn't down with the typhoid yet, I started treatment thinking the rashes was caused by typhoid but it didn't go away... I had hiv test at 5 weeks after that incident and it was negative but I am still having rashes.

Pls can I get infected assuming there's hiv on that handglove she wore to massage my thumb before piercing it to collect my blood sample for the finger prick test?.

N.b. she wasn't wearing the handglove before I came but she wore the handglove after I entered the lab for the test... though I am now confused whether she had used it on other previous people before wearing it again to use it on me.
Hi there,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the prospect of HIV acquisition through the use of a previously used medical hand glove.

Clinical laboratory professionals are expected to follow rules and regulations regarding safe and sanitary work conditions. If you had received your HIV examination in a clinical environment, it is highly unlikely that the individual performing the exam had used gloves which were worn during a previous exam.

If the individual who was performing your examination did, in fact, not change their gloves between clients, you can be assured that this would provide No Risk (transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario) to you in terms of HIV transmission. If HIV positive blood from a previous patient had been transferred to the glove, the virus would be quickly rendered inactive. Once HIV positive blood is exposed to open surfaces and oxygen, there becomes a rapid decrease in HIV concentration (1).

Please consider the following quote from the CDC: "HIV does not survive long outside the human body (such as on surfaces), and it cannot reproduce outside a human host." (1)

Recommendation: No need for further HIV testing with the scenario provided, refer to a physician for other health related questions.

All the best,
AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Cody

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