Dear doctor hook this question is directly to you as I have read many information of yours on medhelp I need your response please somehow just you (HIV risk)
I was having a routine blood test . I was focused on checking the butterfly needle was new it was perfect .
The only mistake I made was I didn't use the gauze which is applied on needle site immediately after the blood draw to stop the bleeding once blood draw is done
. I used my own tissue from home the problem. I kept the tissue on the desk where my blood was taken and then on the surface of another tissue box on the desk I did not use their tissue only kept my tissue on the labs tissue box . I am just worried basically if any blood from previous patient can be picked up from the surface where I kept my tissues on(table and the surface of the tissue box) . My tissue was lying on the surface of another tissue box on the desk for at-least 7minutes and I was sitting next to it waiting for blood draw
1) I just didn't check if the surface was clean and just before the needle has to be withdrawn from my vein I had to put the tissue on the needle site and then the nurse withdrew the needle and then immediately I had to apply slight pressure on my needle site using my tissue. I saw blood I am just wondering if that was my own blood or it came out from the surface where I kept my tissue it was stupid of me not to check the surface and I'm worried can anything be transferred to the tissue
2) Some facts I was there for at-least 7minutes so anything on the surface(the surface is the tissue box where I kept my own tissue lying flat) HIV would have been HIV would have been dead ?
3) The blood was very tiny on my tissue I quickly changed side of the tissue not realising which side of the tissue is clean the blood was very tiny I'm sure the tissue would have immediately dried the blood also because my own blood dried immediately when I was using the tissue
4) This is very important question I read from medhelp you have said that a small wound created from a butterfly needle is known as superficial contamination and putting a contaminated cotton or a tissue in my case cannot transmit HIV as it has to go deep into the tissue to infect
5) I read on medhelp blood is flowing out from needle site nothing is being injected and you cannot get HIV on applying something where your blood was taken (needlesite)
Am I safe I believe the wound is too small correct and only wound transfer HIV was from a knife fight where huge amounts of blood were present not some drops form tissue ?
. I'm sorry I made the mistake of not checking the surface on where I kept my tissue am I at risk of HIV ,hep ? Dr hook I want you to help