[Question #5757] HIV question- blood draw

21 months ago
Hi am asking this question out of Paranoia.
I went to Labcorp for  some blood work today, the person who took my blood wore gloves and used a new needle. 
But while changing the blood collecting tube he pulled the needle out a little bit and a little bit of my blood sprayed out of nerve on to my hand, after the 2nd tube he pulled out the needle completely(threw it in the needle waste bin)  and cleaned the blood on my hand around the collection point with cotton. 

He put cutton on the collection point the whole time while he was cleaning my hand and wore gloves during the whole process.once done he put a new cotton on the collection point and put a strap on it and told me to wait 10 mins and take it off. 

Do you see any chance of transmission. He started cleaning my blodd after he threw away the needle in the bin, i was little worried what if he touch some blood there and then started cleaning my hand with that and used the same hand to put cutton on my collection point. Just want to make sure that there is no chance of HIV transmission here, since it just happened 3 hours ago I still have time to go for PEP if you suspect there is a chance. 
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
21 months ago
Welcome back, but sorry you found it necessary in this situation. Nobody has ever caught HIV from having blood drawn — at least not in the last 30 years, after all labs and health care providers stopped re-using unsterilized needles. Even before then, it was rare. The details you describe about how your blood was drawn, the equipment handled, and so on make no difference. FYI, all the precautions — e.g. the technician wearing gloves — are for the purpose of protecting him or her from blood borne infections the patient might have, not protecting the patient from acquiring a blood borne infection from either the technician or previous patients. There was absolutely no risk to you and of course you do not require PEP and you should not have any more HIV tests.

Let me know if anything isn’t clear.

HHH, MD
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21 months ago
Thanks Dr Handsfiled. It was reassuring but I was just worried thinking what happens if he touches some infected blood and then cleaned my needle stick place. I know am asking the same question again, sorry for that, is there a chance in that scenario. Does HIV even transmit like that. Or the only way HIV can transmit is if they reused a needle which has infected blood and usee it to draw my blood.

H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
21 months ago
Oh good grief.  OK, I’ll play the game:  if he had immediately contaminated a finger with fresh (wet) HIV positive blood, and if the infected person had a high viral load, and if that wet blood were then massaged into your needle wound immediately after the needle were withdrawn, then I suppose there is a small chance you would have been infected. But so what? What are the chances of this scenario?  I’d put it in the same range as the risk you’ll be killed by a meteorite.

I’ll be happy to discuss this further tomorrow if the meteorite doesn’t get you.
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21 months ago
Thanks Dr. I got your point and sorry for that question. He covered my wound with fresh cotton after he pulled out the needle and had it covered up till he clean the blood. And put a new cotton on the wound and strapped it. 

I understood that there is no chance of being transmitted this way and that I can safely relax.

 Thanks for your reply as always and helps me calm down 
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
21 months ago
Thanks for the thanks. I'm glad to have helped.  That concludes this thread.---