[Question #5577] Test

21 months ago
Hi doctors 

I hope you are both well. I finally faced my fear and did an HIV finger prick test on Friday . The doctor did the test the first time and couldn’t get enough blood so did the prick again the second time.. the result came out negative which I was very happy about it . The doctor put a plaster on then after three hours I took it off 

Saturday night, I have some change out to some homes less people and one of the girls grabbed my hand and shook it and then hugged me and my area where my prick was got exposed to their skin

I’m not saying that they had anything but just wondered do you classify the finger prick as an open wound or would it of healed within 24 hours

Sorry could be a stupid question but wanted to ask them I won’t ask again and take your word for it 

Thanks again for the amazing service you provide and your encouragement for helping me finally test 

Thanks 

Sam 


Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
21 months ago
Welcome to the Forum.  Glad to hear that you got tested- it is important to remember that all testing does is provide you with valuable information.  The site of a finger stick would seal off within minutes of occurring and after that there is no risk for infection of the wound.  I should add that  causal contact of the sort you describe (touching/hugging/shaking hands) is a no risk event for acquisition of HIV- no risk at all.  Thus there is no reason for concern, no reason for testing.

I hope that this information is helpful to you.  EWH
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21 months ago
Thank you so much Doctor really appreciate it 
The doctor tried getting blood from my arm too but couldn’t as blood wasn’t coming out so would that hole seal within minutes too 

I was asking about the shaking of the hand and hugging if the hole still hasn’t healed

There is a little scab where the finger stick injection was- even if it hadnt of sealed this would not be an open wound would it?? 

Just had my test finally and don’t want another reason to be paranoid 

Thanks 

Sam 
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
21 months ago
Both sites in the arm where your doctor attempted to draw blood and the finger stick sites seal off almost immediately and should not be considered 'open" wounds.  You have nothing to worry about from these procedures- really. EWH---
21 months ago
Thank you so Much Doctor

So just to confirm- the holes would heal within a couple of hours when you say immedately? 

Also if any contact with the holes were made with blood containing HIV the following day- nothing would of happened ?

I know this is the last thread so just want to thank you for everything 

Thanks

Sam 
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
21 months ago
This is a repetitive statement.  The puncture wounds would heal and not be entranceways for infection within minutes, not hours.  After than ANY contact would not put you at risk.  further, I again emphasize that the touching you mentioned in your original question is NOT a mechanism through which HIV is transmitted.  

As you note, this is the final response as part of this thread.  I hope that my responses have been helpful.  Take care.  EWH
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