Anonymous
today i go to test Anti-HIV. i dont know she change the new gloves but the needle is fresh. before she draw my blood she walk to the table that have a specimen(blood) from people, im not sure she touch any specimen before come to me. In worst case if she touch blood that come from infected (HIV) person the virus can pass the would that cause needle on my arm ?? im risk to infected HIV ?? im so worried
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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 healthcare staff who took your blood not changing their gloves. When HIV in bodily fluids (such as blood) is exposed to the air it becomes non-transmissible. Any blood that may have been on the gloves would have been exposed to the air and would not contain transmissible HIV. Typically a healthcare setting is very clean and many precautions are taken to avoid spreading illness.

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

I hope this information helps to answer your questions.

Isla (Volunteer)

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

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