Anonymous
Hi there,

Went to the lab today for some sugar/blood test for which I had to have one of my fingers pricked. Afterwards the nurse applied a band-aid and I got up to leave the room, brushing shoulders with another patient in the doorway...

...I know that technically, the virus cannot transfer from objects but if my band-aid had slid down a little and I touched the door handle straight after the other person (think a split second), could I have gotten any transmissible virus onto my wound if the other person had been bleeding too?

I know a finger prick does not constitute a large wound or cut but it still goes deeper than an articifial scratch (correct?), and it may have still been "actively" bleeding a little at the time I got out of the door.

Thanks for answering my question and sorry for over-obsessing!
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Anonymous
Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for you HIV/AIDS related health information.

It sounds like you are concerned about your risk of HIV transmission when you touched a doorknob after having your finger pricked for a blood test.

The situation that you have described is a No Risk situation. Here are some of the reasons why:

* HIV is a Human-to-Human virus. It cannot be transmitted to you by an object like a doorknob, even if your bandaid slipped down.

* HIV needs a human host to survive. Once HIV is outside of the body and exposed to oxygen(on a doorknob) it can no longer transmit.

* HIV needs direct access to your bloodstream in order to transmit. There was no direct access to your bloodstream. Superficial cuts, such as your needle prick, simply do not provide the conditions necessary for direct access to the bloodstream.

I would encourage you to check out the following resources about HIV:

  • Risk Assessment Chart


  • HIV Basics


  • Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

    Hilary


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