[Question #6580] Dear doctor hook from medhelp

14 months ago
Dear doc hook and hunter

I have general question on blood draw risk for hiv or hepatitis c or b . I have read almost same question on medhelp and dr hook helped so I want help 

1)i  took help from medhelp  my only risk is when was nurse was about to draw blood my veins were hard to find . Nurse did not use gloves . My only risk  was after rubbing alcohol swab your not suppose to touch the arm (Injection site) again 
The nurse made one mistake touched my arm to feel vein Again and then immediately inserted needle  within a second  into my arm  for blood draw 

 the needle was inserted into the arm where  nurse finger touched .  so my Worry is if nurse has hiv hepatitis b c  and worst case scenario a injury /cut wound on finger and got wet blood on my  arm(Injection site )  and then needle  was inserted into me for blood draw . 

Info taken  from medhelp  : 
2) fact by dr hook: if  nurse was infected with hiv hepatitis  b c had cut on finger any wet blood came out of nurse  finger that  got on arm when nurse touched arm(Injection site )   with finger  would be  immediately non infectious on air exposure for hiv hepatitis b c  and thus nurse finger cannot transmit hiv hepatitis b c as based on dr hooks reply on Medhelp 

. Dr hook further adds that’s the reason why hiv hepatitis b c are not transmitted by the hands even if nurse finger has cut on finger And wet blood came out of nurse bleeding finger these viruses hiv hepatitis b c become non infectious on air exposure . And once these viruses are non infectious  on air exposure they can not infect me with hiv hepatits b c .  

2) lastly dr Hunter has said biological reasons don’t matter since nobody gets hiv hepatitis b c from blood draw with any risk one can think of . so even with the risk I had in point 1 I can just say who cares how long virus survive outside body just say you can’t get hiv hepatitis b c from blood draw .

3)   If you see quesition number : 6539 in that doctor hunter says there no is way you can get hiv hepatitis b c  from blood draw so this includes my risk in point number 1 any risk I can think of . 

14 months ago
Note : I want to talk to dock hook just because the fact he gave every user on his opinion on medhelp on hands and saying viruses is non infectious that’s a fact that cannot be denied and I am sure as forum says 20 years together doctor hunter will not disagree with doc hook non infectious statement . Because point number 2 that’s the only point I’m holding on to 

14 months ago
Point number 3 is doctor hunter  not 2 I made marking mistake there

Point number 2 is doc hook
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
14 months ago

Welcome to the Forum.  I apologize but I found your questions a bit hard to follow.  Each of the statements by Dr. Handsfield and I that you summarize are correct- specifically the viruses you are speaking of become non-infectious after exposure to the environment as well as the statement that no one becomes infected from blood draws.  The is just no risk from having your blood drawn by a health care professional.

Finally, I'll take this opportunity to correct a widespread misunderstanding.  Health care professionals do NOT wear cloves when drawing blood or otherwise working with patients.  Gloves are recommended to protect the health care provider, NOT the patient.  The patient is typically not at risk from this sort of touching.

I hope this comment is helpful to you. EWH

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