[Question #6539] Testing Question

15 months ago
I recently visited one of the large labs for routine testing.   Everything seemed fine and I honestly did not pay attention when my blood was drawn.   Assume these labs are run in a safe manner and all blood tests cannot transmit anything, including HIV?  Probably an anxiety driven thought - but post-test it jumped into my head and I have been bothered by the fact that I did not pay attention to the phlebotomist prior to the blood draw.   Thank you for your time. 
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
15 months ago
Welcome back to the forum after 3 years. Thanks for your continued confidence in our services.

You needn't be worried at all. Both the routine training of blood draw personnel and the equipment they use assure nobody ever gets HIV or any other blood borne infection from having blood drawn. The only way that happens is when non-disposable needles are re-used without sterilization between patients -- which has not happened in the US (and I'm sure not in UK and probably not in any other country) for 40 years or more. My advice to people who are nervous about blood drawing, for this reason or any other, not observe the procedure at all. There is no need, and absolutely no cause for worry.

I hope these comments are helpful. Let me know if anything isn't clear.

HHH, MD
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15 months ago
Thank you for the quick reply.  Appreciate the professional  insight - will move forward without hesitation (and will stay off the internet.....)!    Thanks again - stay well.    
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
15 months ago
Thanks for the thanks. Take care.---